Rep. Steve King, a Republican from Iowa, spoke on Tuesday to residents from his home state about the supposed difficulties he’s faced while serving in Congress, specifically in the past few months after he was denounced for racist comments.
King faced bipartisan backlash earlier this year and lost key committee assignments after he made distasteful comments about white supremacy in an interview with The New York Times. “White nationalist, white supremacist, Western civilization — how did that language become offensive?” King asked.
As a result of the uproar over his comments, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy removed King from his assignments on the Judiciary and Agriculture Committees.
King now believes the experience has made him stronger, and compared himself to Jesus Christ while speaking to residents in Cherokee, Iowa, on Tuesday.
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“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,” he said, per reporting from Splinter.
King also stated that he views his colleagues in the House of Representatives as “accusers.”
“[Y]ou know we just passed through Easter and Christ’s passion, and I have better insight into what He [Jesus Christ] went through for us,” King added.
King’s comments on white supremacy and white nationalism earlier this year aren’t the only examples of his racism, according to reporting from the Des Moines Register.
King has compared Dreamers, children of immigrants who grew up in the United States, to drug mules, suggested terrorists would celebrate President Barack Obama’s election win, and previously displayed a Confederate flag on his desk. He also openly questioned whether minorities had a positive influence on society.
“I’d ask you to go back through history and figure out, where are these contributions that have been made by these other categories of people that you’re talking about, where did any other subgroup of people contribute more to civilization?” King once said.