GOP Rep. Steve King: Scalise Just Acting Like Jesus By Meeting With White Supremacists

In a stunningly stupid defense of GOP House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, Republican Rep. Steve King claimed that the Louisiana congressman was just acting like Jesus by meeting with hateful white supremacists.

Last week, a report surfaced that Scalise was the keynote speaker at a white nationalist convention known as EURO in 2002. He was the “honored guest” and left such an impression with the crowd that they later supported his campaign for Congress.

Twelve years later, Scalise was chosen by Republicans to be their majority whip, a powerful leadership position in the House of Representatives. At a time when the GOP is struggling to convince people that their party isn’t racist and supports diversity, the top GOP brass made the decision to elevate a man who pals around with hateful racists to a top congressional position. Basically, the move screams that the GOP supports racism and the hate groups that plague their party.

Scalise, of course, wants us all to believe that he had no idea he was speaking to a racist hate group when he booked the gig as their featured speaker, even though the hotel that hosted the event publicly distanced themselves from the organization and local media vigorously covered the event. KKK Grand Wizard David Duke even participated in the event via phone and his aides even met with Scalise to inquire whether he would participate. Scalise had to know what he was getting himself into. He’s just sorry he finally got caught.

But as usual, Republicans are jumping to Scalise’s defense. House Speaker John Boehner has issued a statement in support of Scalise, stating that he has “my full confidence.”

The most idiotic defense of Scalise, however, came from Iowa Rep. Steve King, who compared the Southern congressman to Jesus.

According to the Washington Post:

Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa), a leading conservative in the House, said in an interview Monday that he stood by Scalise and believed that many conservatives in the House’s hard-right bloc would do the same.

“Jesus dined with tax collectors and sinners,” King said. “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.”

Apparently, King thinks Scalise is just like Jesus, because Jesus is a white guy who is comfortable with hate and racism, right? It’s amazing at how the GOP cherry-picks the Bible when it suits them. Comparing anyone to Jesus is ridiculous. King’s statement is also ironic considering his fierce opposition to Medicaid and ObamaCare, which are both programs that actually help the sick see the doctors they need. As I recall, Jesus commanded us to help the sick, and King has clearly ignored that part of what Jesus preached. And just because you painted houses with the guy doesn’t mean you know who he is on the inside. It just means you both wanted a good political photo-op to fool people into thinking you actually give a shit about people in need.

Rep. Steve Scalise should resign. At the very least, he should step down from the leadership position he was apparently handed on a silver platter without proper vetting. The fact is, he spoke as the keynote speaker at a white supremacist convention and is now lying to the American people about his knowledge of whom he was speaking to at the time in an effort to make the damning report go away. As for Steve King, once an idiot, always an idiot. And since America doesn’t need idiots governing this country, he should resign from Congress along with his racist painting buddy.