Amid hours of contentious debate between lawmakers, Rep. Barry Loudermilk made waves when he claimed Jesus was treated more fairly before his crucifixion than Trump has been treated throughout the impeachment process.
“When Jesus was falsely accused of treason, Pontius Pilate gave Jesus the opportunity to face his accusers,” said Loudermilk, who represents Georgia’s 11th congressional district. “During that sham trial, Pontius Pilate afforded more rights to Jesus than the Democrats have afforded this President in this process.”
The comparison between Trump and Jesus was swiftly met with loud criticism and jokes on Twitter.
In this analogy Trump is Jesus and Democrats are Pontius Pilate and Pontius Pilate treated Jesus better than the Democrats are treating Trump.— Judd Legum (@JuddLegum) December 18, 2019
So he's saying what the Democrats are doing to Trump is WORSE than a crucifixion. https://t.co/vPVTQ9isGA
Props to Rep. Loudermilk for comparing Trump to Jesus without bursting into laughter or flames. pic.twitter.com/tXAIdTfWIa— Amee Vanderpool (@girlsreallyrule) December 18, 2019
White House counselor Kellyanne Conway also commented, while telling reporters she hadn’t specifically seen Loudermilk’s claim. “I think the President is being treated very unfairly and I wish that weren’t the case,” she said, adding, “I don’t like many Jesus comparisons.”
Hyperbolic comparisons continued throughout the debate. Following Loudermilk’s comments, Rep. Mike Kelly drew a connection to the attack on Pearl Harbor as he accused Democrats of seeking impeachment against Trump because they are “blinded” by “hate” of the president.
Rep. Mike Kelly compares the impeachment of Donald Trump to the bombing of Pearl Harbor pic.twitter.com/Kdu1CdragH— Acyn Torabi (@Acyn) December 18, 2019
“On December 7, 1941, a horrific act happened in the United States, and it’s one that President Roosevelt said, ‘This is a date that will live in infamy,'” Kelly, a Republican representing Pennsylvania’s 16th district, said. “Today, December 18th, 2019 is another date that will live in infamy.”