Contender for the stupidest man on the planet, Representative Steve King, defended his colleague, Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA), in the face of reports that Scalise spoke at a Louisiana conference sponsored by white supremacists and linked to David Duke, the former leader of the Ku Klux Klan.
That, in and of itself, is not surprising. King is a career racist who, among other moments in his storied career, held an anti-immigration rally back in July that totally blew up in his face. No, what’s jaw-dropping about his defense of Scalise is how King made it.
King told the Washington Post that many of the conservative lawmakers would take a stand beside Scalise, reminding America what exactly we elected back in November. Scalise is the number three Republican in the House of Representatives, so his position isn’t just as representative of, say, BFE, Iowa. It’s a little more important. And because he is so important, the idea that he was willing to speak to white nationalists should be at least mildly concerting.
Not so to King! According to King, Majority (Slave) Whip Scalise is being persecuted for appearing at the racist event, just like another famous historical figure:
Jesus dined with tax collectors and sinners. It’s not the healthy who need a doctor, it’s the sick. Given that piece of Scripture, and understanding that Scalise probably wasn’t staffed thoroughly, I could understand how something like this happened. But I know his heart, I’ve painted houses with him post-Katrina, and I know he is a good man
Here, lets quote the relevant bit again:
Jesus dined with tax collectors and sinners.
Yes, that’s right. He just compared Scalise, who spoke to a conference of racists, to Jesus.
Jesus dined with tax collectors and sinners because they were the powerless. He spoke for them because they were the voiceless, they were the persecuted, they were the defenseless.
That King assumes racists are the modern-day people Jesus would be hanging around with instead of, say, gays, lesbians, Blacks and African-Americans, and the poor in general, tells you everything you need to know about his particular brand of Mammon-Worship.