Rep. Steve King: Criticism from Congress made me understand ‘what Jesus went through for us’

Rep. Steve King browbeats a protester late last year. Screen capture by KCCI via YouTube video

At a town hall, Tuesday in Cherokee, Iowa, Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa), referencing Easter compared criticism from his detractors in the U.S. House to what “Jesus Christ went through for us,” The Sioux City Journal reports.

“For all that I’ve been through — and it seems even strange for me to say it — but I am at a certain peace, and it is because of a lot of prayers for me,” King told an audience of about 30 people. “And when I have to step down to the floor of the House of Representatives and look up to those 400-and-some accusers, you know, we just passed through Easter and Christ’s passion, and I have better insight into what He went through for us.”

Earlier this year, his racist remarks to The New York Times in support of white supremacy led to King being stripped of all his committee assignments in Congress, The Daily Beast reports. His remarks also inspired 400 House members to vote and rebuke King’s remarks to The Times.

So what did he say that caused the furor? Well, this:

“White nationalist, white supremacist, Western civilization — how did that language become offensive?”

But King has continually insisted he doesn’t have to apologize for his comments, even when some pretty notable Republicans dinged him for his remarks, including Sens. Chuck Grassley and Joni Ernst.

And he even insisted on an Iowa public radio program that he didn’t need to apologize after host David Yepsen asked him if he regretted anything he said.

“I have nothing to apologize for Dave,” he said and added a message for voters in his northwest Iowa district. “Don’t let the elitists in this country, the power brokers in this country, tell you who’s going to represent you in the United States Congress.”

At Tuesday’s Town Hall one audience member boldly asked King if he would resign so that his constituents would be represented by someone with committee assignments in Congress. That went about as well as you might expect.

King scolded the questioner, saying that the Times had “misquoted” his remarks on white supremacy.

“I cannot let that stand,” he said.

King is unrepentant about his racism. This is a man who has complained that the Democratic party is “no country for white men.” He’s called immigration “cultural suicide.” He’s called African-American disaster victims “lazy.”

King says he plans to run for reelection. Now’s a good time for this truly deplorable racist to find a new job. Away from politics.

The videos below show just how obnoxious King can be.

Featured image by KCCI via YouTube video