Rep. Steve Scalise, the third most powerful Republican in the House who is enmeshed in controversy over having spoken to a white supremacist conference when he was a state legislator in Louisiana, has found at least one ally in Rep. Steve King, who says Scalise is just like Jesus.
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.”
So which is it? Was he being like Jesus and going to meet with sinners and bad people to urge them to change their ways? Or was he just a clueless guy who didn’t know who he was meeting with? It can’t be both.