'Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools': AOC mocks Republican who claims Trump more persecuted than Jesus Christ

'Romans 1:25'

Ms Ocasio-Cortez in Washington last month
Ms Ocasio-Cortez in Washington last month

Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has mocked Republican Barry Loudermilk, drawing attention to a bible verse on sacrilege after the congressman compared Donald Trump's impeachment to the persecution of Jesus Christ.

The New York congresswoman responded to Mr Loudermilk's remarks with a simple tweet, after he claimed during the impeachment debate that even the Romans trying Jesus Christ gave him a chance to defend himself.

Evoking the holiday season, Mr Loudermilk delivered the following remark ahead of the impeachment vote on Thursday: "Before you take this historic vote today, one week before Christmas, I want you to keep this in mind: When Jesus was falsely accused of treason, Pontius Pilate gave Jesus the opportunity to face his accusers. During that sham trial, Pontius Pilate afforded more rights to Jesus than the Democrats have afforded this President in this process."

While House Judiciary chairman Jerry Nadler corrected Mr Loudermilk on the floor — noting Mr Trump was invited to testify, but declined — Ms Ocasio-Cortez emphasised the dangers of treating the president — who has referred to himself as the "chosen one" — like a demigod.

"Romans 1:25," Ms Ocasio-Cortez wrote.

That bible verse reads as follows, according to the King James Bible: "Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen."

In context, the verse reads as follows:

"Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools, (23) And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things. (24) Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves: (25) Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen. (26) For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: (27) And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet. (28) And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient;"

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