Since he was elected as the new Speaker of the House of Representatives last week, Mike Johnson has been attacked by liberals and members of the media because of his Christian faith.
On Tuesday, during an interview with former White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany, the Louisiana Congressman responded to the critics, saying their attacks don’t bother him.
The liberal media has attacked House Speaker Mike Johnson for his Christian faith, absurdly and grossly making comparisons to the Maine shooter, the Taliban & Iran.
— Kayleigh McEnany (@kayleighmcenany) October 31, 2023
From Fox News:
“Media wasn’t always so friendly to someone with a Judeo-Christian worldview, and in your case, some of the things that had been said, Politico interviewed a historian about your worldview, and this historian said you’re a Christian nationalist, it comes from that of Christian supremacy,” Fox News’ Kayleigh McEnany said to Johnson.
She then quoted Psaki labeling Johnson as a Christian “fundamentalist.”
“His views on policy are essentially what you’d expect from a religious fundamentalist — they’re more divisive than divine.”
@jrpsaki on newly elected House speaker Mike Johnson. pic.twitter.com/DQs7uKnTiX
— Inside with Jen Psaki (@InsideWithPsaki) October 29, 2023
“What do you think when you hear that?” McEnany asked.
“Look, there are entire industries that are built to take down public leaders – effective political leaders like me. I’m not surprised by that. I mean, it comes with the territory. It doesn’t bother me at all,” Johnson responded.
“I just wish they would get to know me,” he continued, adding, “I’m not trying to establish Christianity as the national religion or something. That’s not what this is about at all.”
He then discussed how the Bible commands to show peace and love toward all people.
“If you truly believe in the Bible’s commands, and you seek to follow those, it’s impossible to be a hateful person because the greatest command in the Bible is that you love God with everything you had, and you love your neighbor as yourself,” he said.
McEnany also asked Johnson about HBO host Bill Maher’s comments in which he compared Johnson to the mass shooter suspected of killing nearly 20 people in Maine because the shooter “heard voices.”
Bill Maher compares Speaker Mike Johnson to Maine shooter: Their differences are ‘thinner than you’d think’ https://t.co/AcJXknmNqP
— Fox News (@FoxNews) October 28, 2023
Johnson called the comparisons “disgusting.”
“That is absurd,” he said, adding, “Of course, our religion is based on love and acceptance. So, to compare that worldview with the Taliban, who seek to destroy their enemies, or with some deranged shooter who murders people is absolutely outrageous. And I think that everyone who follows and believes in a Judeo-Christian worldview should be just terribly offended by that.”
Despite the ugliness of the attacks, Johnson said he understands that it comes with the territory.
“I’m OK, I’ll take the arrows. I understand it comes with leadership, and when you step into the fray, that’s what you take.”