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Newly elected House Speaker Mike Johnson gave the American people a glimpse into his “worldview” on Thursday night when he was asked about supposed homophobic comments that he had made in the past.
After three weeks of squabbling among Republicans, Johnson was elected speaker on Wednesday. A member of Congress since 2016, the obscure backbencher has largely stayed out of the spotlight up until this week.
During an interview on Fox News, host Sean Hannity asked Johnson at the Capitol about the prior comments he made, which are being pushed by many on the Left.
“You once worked for the Alliance Defense Fund – a Christian advocacy group,” Hannity said. “And comments you made both in writing and advocacy for this group about homosexuality, calling it sinful destructive, and not supporting gay marriage, quote, ‘no clear right to sodomy in the Constitution.’ You have been getting hammered on this. And I wanna ask you about it. I wanna know exactly, you know, where you stand. Some of these comments were 15 years ago.”
“I don’t even remember some of them,” Johnson replied. “I was a litigator that was called upon to defend the state marriage amendments. If you remember back in the early 2000s, I think there [were] over 35 states, somewhere in that number, that the people went to the ballot in their respective states and they amended their state constitutions to say marriage is one man and one woman. Well, I was a religious liberty defense and was called to defend those cases in the courts.”
Johnson then claimed being gay is a choice and said his worldview is, “Go pick up a Bible. But I also genuinely love all people regardless of their lifestyle choices. This is not about the people themselves. I am a Bible-believing Christian. Someone asked me today in the media, they said, ‘It’s curious, people are curious. “What does Mike Johnson think about any issue under the sun?” I said, ‘Well, go pick up a Bible off your shelf and read it – that’s my worldview.’ That’s what I believe and so I make no apologies for it.”
“That’s your worldview,” Hannity asked, to which Johnson replied, “That’s my worldview.”
Speaker Mike Johnson tonight: “Someone asked me today in the media, ‘People are curious, what does Mike Johnson think about any issue?’ I said, ‘Well, go pick up a Bible off your shelf and read it. That’s my worldview.” pic.twitter.com/ylMWX1XVJy
— Ron Filipkowski (@RonFilipkowski) October 27, 2023
Earlier this week, former President Donald Trump announced his support for Johnson.
“I am not going to make an Endorsement in this race, because I COULD NEVER GO AGAINST ANY OF THESE FINE AND VERY TALENTED MEN, all of whom have supported me, in both mind and spirit, from the very beginning of our GREAT 2016 Victory,” Trump posted to Truth Social Wednesday morning. “My strong SUGGESTION is to go with the leading candidate, Mike Johnson.”
Johnson, a close Trump ally, spoke up in the former president’s defense during the impeachment hearings and challenged the outcome of the 2020 election results.
Later in the interview, Johnson agreed that “most” are aware of and see President Joe Biden’s cognitive decline.
Hannity asked: “The president, in my view, has been struggling cognitively. It’s a significant decline that I see. I’m not sure if you saw the tape, the interview that he gave a gaggle on Air Force One when he was flying back from Israel after, by the way, a lot of allied nations did not want to meet with him, leaders did not want to meet with him which I found to be a pretty big snub. I don’t know if you saw that tape. Do you see, in Joe Biden, a cognitive decline and, if so, is that a danger to the country?”
“I do. I think most of us do. That’s reality. This is not a personal slight to him. It has to do with age and acumen and everyone’s different, everyone ages differently,” Johnson said.
“Clearly, if you look at a tape of Joe Biden making an argument in the Senate judiciary committee a few years ago and you see a speech that he delivers now, there’s a difference. Again, it’s not a personal insult to him. It’s just reality. And this is what’s concerning to us is that we cannot project weakness of any kind on the world stage right now. This is a dangerous time for all the things going on arnold the world, the world is a tinder box,” he added.
Johnson concluded: “A strong America is good for the whole world and we have to project strength. Reagan used to remind us all the time, it’s peace through strength. If America shows weakness it invites aggression by our adversaries and that’s what you’re seeing around the world and that’s an important thing to remember and also Sean also remember, I’ve been watching your show since as long as I can remember, all 25 years?”