Johnson Responds To Criticism
Newly elected Speaker of the House, Rep. Mike Johnson (R-La.), is facing backlash from the media and liberals for his Christian faith and biblical worldview.
In a recent interview with Fox News’ Kayleigh McEnany, Johnson responded to MSNBC host Jen Psaki who labeled him as a Christian “fundamentalist” and a historian who called him a “Christian nationalist” with a “Christian supremacist” mindset.
Johnson brushed off these attacks, stating that the media has a tendency to target public leaders, especially those who are effective in their positions. He expressed that he is not surprised by the criticism, but wishes that his critics would take the time to get to know him before making such claims.
“I’m not trying to establish Christianity as the national religion or something,” Johnson explained. “That’s not what this is about at all.”
— Speaker Mike Johnson (@SpeakerJohnson) November 1, 2023
Speaking on the commands of the Bible, Johnson emphasized the importance of showing peace and love towards all people. He stated that it is impossible to be a hateful person if one truly follows the teachings of the Bible.
Johnson also addressed other media attacks, including one from the Daily Beast that labeled him as a “Christo-fascist” and compared him to the Taliban and the “mullahs in Iran.” He also responded to comments from HBO host Bill Maher who compared Johnson to a mass shooter who “heard voices.”
Expressing his disgust towards these comparisons, Johnson stated that it is absurd to equate his religion with the Taliban and that the Judeo-Christian worldview is based on love and acceptance.
“I think that everyone who follows and believes in a Judeo-Christian worldview should be just terribly offended by that,” Johnson expressed.
While the attacks against his faith do not bother him personally, Johnson stated that they do hurt him in the sense that they are attacking the foundation and heritage of the country.
“What really hurts me is that it really is a statement about everyone who believes in this, that the country was built upon. Our Judeo-Christian foundation is the heritage of our country,” said Johnson.
Despite the criticism, Johnson remains committed to his beliefs and is willing to withstand the attacks that come with it.
“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,” he stated.