Ian Bayne, a Republican candidate for Congress in Illinois, launched a thousand snickers and gut laughs when he compared the Duck Dynasty douchebag to Rosa Parks. Now he’d like to clarify that he didn’t mean the comparison “literally.” Uh, okay. So how did you mean it, exactly?
The statement follows the candidate, Ian Bayne, who is running in the GOP primary against Rep. Bill Foster (D-IL), saying that Robertson was really making a defense against the persecution of Christians.
“We are a Christian nation based upon the foundation of free will and individualism,” Bayne said in the new press release on Monday. “People know this, and those who have come here from other countries to practice a religion other than Christianity, know and desire this as well. The comparison between Parks and Robertson is based on the recent persecution of Christians, and not in skin color or literal comparison.”Bayne previously told TPM that that he thought comparing Robertson to Parks was complimentary to Parks.
“To me, not knowing him, it is clear that he wanted to expose the, what I call, persecution of people who are open Christians. What better way to do it than in an open interview not on your television show so A&E can’t argue some breach of contract,” Bayne told TPM. “So having seen that I believe and I thought it was complimentary to Rosa Parks because I see Rosa Parks as a courageous person that stood up in the face of a system that was bad and said hey, enough is enough.”
Keep digging, buddy. Keep digging.