US Rep. Steve King Says He Relates With Jesus’ Persecution Following Months Of Criticism

After facing months of criticism for comments in the New York Times about white supremacy and nationalism, U.S. Rep. Steve King said that he better understands the persecution Jesus Christ felt.

The 4th District representative made the comments in response to a question from the Rev. Pinky Person of the Faith In Christ Fellowship, who told King during a town hall Tuesday in Cherokee that she was concerned that “Christianity is really being persecuted.”

“When I have to step down to the floor of the House of Representatives, and look up at 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, partly because of that experience,” King told about 30 attendees at the town hall at Western Iowa Tech Community College.

King’s “accusers” were fellow members of the U.S. House of Representatives, who took action condemning King after the New York Times published an article quoting him saying, “White nationalist, white supremacist, Western civilization — how did that language become offensive?” The Kiron Republican has repeatedly said the New York Times misquoted him or mischaracterized his words.

House Republicans also stripped King of committee assignments after the article.

King said he is proud of the “strong Christian ethic” in the 4th District. He said the United States is a Christian nation because Americans have strong morals and are willing to confess to wrongdoings and ask for forgiveness.

“It’s in our culture, it’s who we are,” he said. “If it were any other way we wouldn’t be the America we are, and probably wouldn’t be an America at all.”

King is a member of the Roman Catholic Church. He said he counts on his faith to get through difficulties in his role.

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