Missouri Congressman Compares Hillary Clinton to Jesus Christ

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The Democratic National Convention has been filled with celebrity appearances, but one congressman brought down the house with his five-minute speech Thursday night.

Missouri Rep. Emanuel Cleaver, a United Methodist pastor and chair of the Congressional Black Caucus, roused the crowd by comparing Hillary Clinton to Jesus. He said, “They put him in a grave, and three days later, the world knew he wouldn’t stay throwed. Now here’s a warning— to those who might be tempted to spend the next four years trying to knock Hillary Clinton down — You better get ready for a woman who won’t stay throwed!”

He continued, yelling louder and growing more animated, “They threw her down as the First Lady. But she didn’t stay throwed. They threw her down as U.S. senator, but she wouldn’t stay throwed. They threw her down as a Secretary of State, but she wouldn’t stay throwed! They threw her down in this very campaign. This campaign. But she won’t stay throwed.”

Watch the clip here, at the Washington Post.

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