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GOP congressman compares Trump's impeachment to the crucifixion of Jesus

President Trump generally prefers to compare the impeachment proceedings to the Salem Witch Trials, but Rep. Barry Loudermilk (R-Ga.) came armed with a different historical comparison on Wednesday during the debate before the House vote on two impeachment articles later in the day.

Loudermilk wanted to people look not to 18th century colonial America, but 1st century Roman-governed Judea to get a better understanding of the impeachment saga. Specifically, the congressman highlighted the trial and crucifixion of Jesus, which he argued saw Pontius Pilate, the prefect of Judea at the time, afford Jesus more rights than Democrats have provided Trump, since Jesus was given the "opportunity to face his accusers."

After Loudermilk yielded his time, House Judiciary Chair Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) reminded him that Trump was indeed "given the opportunity to come and testify" but declined to do so.