Rep. Steve King said Tuesday that the widespread criticism he recently faced had given him a better understanding of what Jesus Christ “went through for us.”
“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,” the Iowa Republican said at a town hall at Western Iowa Tech Community College in Cherokee, CNN reported.
“And 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,” he said.
Mr. King, who has a history of making controversial remarks, was likely referring to the fallout he faced in January after he spoke about white supremacy during an interview with The New York Times.
“White nationalist, white supremacist, Western civilization — how did that language become offensive?” the congressman asked at the time.
The comments drew bipartisan condemnation and the Republican Steering Committee subsequently removed him from all House committee assignments.
Mr. King has maintained that he’s not racist and said his comments in the interview were misinterpreted.