House Speaker Mike Johnson defended himself this Sunday from others’ attacks on his staunch Christian beliefs, telling a Fox News host that his critics don’t know him.
“I’ve been labeled all kinds of stuff, but these people don’t know me. Look, my family…it’s no fun to be misquoted and maligned and mocked of course, but we know that comes with the job and we’re unfazed,” he said on Fox News’ “Fox News Sunday.”
Johnson is, according to various reports, a staunch Christian who opposes gay marriage and has over the years frequently criticized the LGBT lifestyle. This fact has upset both the administration and the media, the latter of whom have been running endless hit pieces about his views.
Speaking of which, Fox News host Shannon Bream responded to Johnson’s remarks by drawing his attention to a recently published New York Times op-ed in which he was described as “The Embodiment of White Christian Nationalism in a Tailored Suit.”
‘The Embodiment of White Christian Nationalism in a Tailored Suit’https://t.co/N4GmGhPQO8
— FFRF (@FFRF) November 1, 2023
According to the piece, so-called Christian nationalism refers to the “belief that the American nation is defined by Christianity, and that the government should take active steps to keep it that way.”
Asked by Bream whether the op-ed was accurate, Johnson said no.
“No, I’m not even sure what the term means. Look, there are entire industries built on taking down, tearing down people like me. I understand that comes with the territory and we’re not fazed by it,” he said.
“But listen, what I believe in are the founding principles of the country, individual freedom, limited government, the rule of law, peace, through strength, fiscal responsibility, free markets, human dignity. Those are essential American principles,” he added.
That said, he readily admitted to being a “Bible believing Christian.”
“I believe in the sanctity of every single human life. So I come to Congress with the personally held convictions, but guess what? So do my 434 other colleagues in the House. Everyone comes to Congress with their deeply held convictions,” he said.
He added that thus far he hasn’t brought forth any legislation even slightly related to his Christian beliefs — such as legislation on abortion, for example.
Instead, he’s been bringing up legislation prioritizing “massive national security priorities.”
Listen to his remarks below:
— Fox News Sunday (@FoxNewsSunday) November 5, 2023
His remarks come days after the Biden administration deployed openly gay Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg to throw shade on Johnson.
Appearing on CNN this Friday, Buttigieg slammed Johnson, tearing into him for having once described homosexuality as a “lifestyle choice.”
“Look, I’ve often said, if being gay was a choice, that was a choice that was made way above my pay grade. But my lifestyle is that I’m a dad. I’m a married father of two — a beautiful boy and girl, twins, two years old. And our family deserves to be protected. It deserves to be supported, just like every American family,” he said.
“Most Americans get that. Most Americans believe that. I will admit it’s a little bit difficult driving the family minivan to drop our kids off at daycare, passing the dome of the Capitol knowing that the speaker of the House sitting under that dome doesn’t even think our family ought to exist,” he added.
Host John Berman then asked Buttigieg how it feels to know that “someone who’s second in line to the presidency” boasts such views about the LGBT community.
The transportation secretary replied by questioning Johnson’s pro-family beliefs and arguing that if he really cared about families, he’d push President Joe Biden’s agenda.
Biden regime deploys Buttigieg to attack Speaker Johnson on LGBTQ issues https://t.co/tL8gt5Xc3T
— Nevada Jack (@NevadaJack2) November 4, 2023
“I mean, it almost feels like time travel. You know, most Americans — by the way, most Republicans, as well as Democrats and Independents, respect things like marriage equality. And if you really are pro-family, if you care about families, if you want to support families, then you have to support things like the president’s push to have insulin be $35, which we were able to do for seniors and would do for everybody if House and Senate Republicans hadn’t blocked it,” he began.
“If he really cares about families, maybe take another look at the child tax credit, which cut child poverty in this country in half. And then when they let it expire, because people like Mike Johnson were against it, the child poverty rate doubled again. Let’s talk about what it really means to support families, whether it’s LGBTQ plus individuals or any other family in America trying to get through life,” he added.
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