The congressional candidate who compared 'Duck Dynasty' star Phil Robertson to Rosa Parks for ranting about non-Christian cultures and arguing that blacks weren't mistreated in the Jim Crow era of the United States is standing by his defense.
"To me, not knowing him, it is clear that he wanted to expose the, what I call, persecution of people who are open Christians. What better way to do it than in an open interview not on your television show so A&E can't argue some breach of contract," Republican Ian Bayne told TPM in a phone interview Friday.
"So having seen that I believe and I thought it was complimentary to Rosa Parks because I see Rosa Parks as a courageous person that stood up in the face of a system that was bad and said hey, enough is enough," Bayne said.
In a fundraising email, Bayne, who is running in the Republican primary to defeat Rep. Bill Foster (D-IL), had called Robertson the "Rosa Parks of our generation."
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