Republican representatives on Wednesday had the unenviable task of defending President Donald Trump's corrupt dealings with Ukraine as the House debated articles of impeachment against him.
As is often the case, Trump's allies in Congress showered Trump with hyperbolic praise against the Democrats they believe to be corrupt.
One of the most baffling moments came when Congressman Barry Loudermilk (R-GA) compared Trump's perceived persecution to that experienced by Jesus Christ.
Rep. Loudermilk: "When Jesus was falsely accused of treason, Pontius Pilate gave Jesus the opportunity to face his… https://t.co/4cuj5X7jPQ— Josh Marshall (@Josh Marshall) 1576696452.0
"Before you take this historic vote today, one week before Christmas, I want you to keep this in mind: When Jesus was falsely accused of treason, Pontius Pilate gave Jesus the opportunity to face his accusers. During that sham trial, Pontius Pilate afforded more rights to Jesus than the Democrats have afforded this president in this process."
The President and his counsel were given the opportunity to question and rebut legal scholars who endorsed his impeachment before the House Judiciary Committee. They refused on the basis that the impeachment process was a hoax.
What's more, impeachment in the House is not a trial, but amounts to a charge, subsequently sending the trial to the Senate.
Jesus was nailed to a cross, lanced in the stomach, and crowned with thorns.
People were baffled by the comparison.
As if Trump's ego and out-of-control narcissism weren't enough, Republicans are comparing him to Jesus now. I thou… https://t.co/bkCgep8q3c— Rep. Don Beyer (@Rep. Don Beyer) 1576696954.0
I just can’t. This isn’t even a stretch....this is probably, technically, blasphemy. And, Rep Loudermilk is probabl… https://t.co/mgZ18A3MiD— Erin Tobz (Tobz) (@Erin Tobz (Tobz)) 1576697453.0
The abuse and perversion of what Jesus actually stood for during his life—the poor, the homeless, the sick, sex wor… https://t.co/xFvUyIni57— Phillip Picardi (@Phillip Picardi) 1576700194.0
I said a while ago that Trump would lead Republicans into all sorts of dark alleyways. It turns out I could have ad… https://t.co/XWo12yb9Ne— Peter Wehner (@Peter Wehner) 1576699855.0
So...umm...as someone with literal degrees in Biblical Studies and Theology and History of Religion/Church History… https://t.co/iI4KeFQ6TP— Jorge J Rodríguez V (@Jorge J Rodríguez V) 1576703011.0
They soon began noting the myriad of ways Trump differs from Jesus.
Dear Evangelicals: Congratulations! A serial adulterer and pathological liar who’s been credibly accused of sexual… https://t.co/MjhJmPj05D— Ari Kohen (@Ari Kohen) 1576697396.0
Comparing a guy who cheated on his 3rd wife with a porn star to Jesus https://t.co/mctXeAkyIY— JIM👎 (@JIM👎) 1576696916.0
Remember when Jesus paid off the porn star he cheated on his wife with? John Holmes 3:16. https://t.co/zQDdHNnxPT— Mig Greengard (@Mig Greengard) 1576698539.0
Amazingly, Loudermilk wasn't the only one to allude to Jesus's crucifixion during the hearings. Congressman Fred Keller (R-PA) invoked Christ's last words, directing them at Democrats: "Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do."