Retired Lieutenant General Michael Flynn compared House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, a California Democrat, to the Roman governor who ordered the execution of Jesus – accusing the government of persecuting supporters of former President Donald Trump.
Flynn briefly served as Trump’s national security adviser in early 2017, but was quickly fired following revelations about his communications with the Russian ambassador before the former president took office. . The retired military leader pleaded guilty to the charges of lying to the FBI, but he later changed his plea and stopped cooperating with investigators. Flynn was formally pardoned by Trump in November 2020.
During a Wednesday interview with Lindell TV, Flynn criticized the Democratic leadership and the House Select Committee investigating the January 6, 2021 attack against the US Capitol by a mob of pro-Trump supporters.
Flynn said the selection committee was “crazy” and described it as “rebellious harassment by Nancy Pelosi”. Continuing, he said that Pelosi “belongs to the modern-day Pontius Pilate, you know, of this era.”
Flynn said the country was persecuting “those who are expressing distrust in the government”. He clarified that he was not referring to those who committed violence a year ago on January 6, but to the lakhs of people who expressed their dismay.
“The people of this country have lost faith and trust in this,” he said.
Pontius Pilate served as governor of Judea from AD 26 to AD 36. According to the book of Matthew in the New Testament of the Bible, Jewish religious leaders brought Jesus before a Roman official and asked him to be executed. Although Pilate suggested that he was reluctant to do so, he eventually ordered Jesus to proceed.
newsweek Pelosi reached out to a spokesperson for comment, but did not immediately receive a response.
Flynn previously claimed that Jesus would be considered a “domestic terrorist today”, suggesting that Trump supporters were being persecuted in the same manner as the biblical figure.
At an event earlier this month, the retired general said, “According to the Bible, at the age of 13, Jesus Christ went to the temple and broke it. They would call him a domestic terrorist today.”
In particular, according to biblical legend, Flynn’s story about Jesus was wrong. While Jesus went to the temple in Jerusalem with his parents as a child, he did not break it at that time.
Decades later, after Jesus had begun his ministry, he visited the temple a few days before his execution. At that meeting, Jesus “cast out all those who were trading there. He overturned the tables of the money changers and the benches of the dove sellers,” says the book of Matthew. He accused the businessmen there of turning the temple into a “den of robbers”.
Flynn remains a staunch supporter of Trump and has been a key promoter of the former president’s conspiracy theories about the 2020 election. Trump and his allies have consistently falsely claimed that President Joe Biden won because of widespread voter fraud. This extraordinary allegation is not corroborated by evidence.
Along with MyPillow founder Mike Lindell, pro-Trump lawyer Sidney Powell and many others, Flynn has spent much of the past year traveling around the country at various events in support of the former president. These incidents majorly involved conspiracy theories and misinformation – with those in attendance regularly expressing disbelief that Biden had legitimately won the 2020 election.
In June, Flynn was presented with a rifle as a gift when he spoke at a California church. After receiving the gun, Flynn quipped: “Maybe I’ll find someone in Washington, DC”
Later in November, Flynn said America should only have “one religion”—a view counter to the Constitution. The First Amendment states: “Congress shall not make any law respecting the establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof…”
Regardless, Flynn insisted during a conservative convention in Texas: “If we want to have a nation under God, which is what we need, we must have a religion. A nation under God and one under God.” a religion.”