Right wing Senator Ted Cruz was compared to Jesus Christ at a Republican Party event in Iowa.
Cruz (R-TX) was hailed as someone willing to be “crucified for their belief system” by conservative activist Steve Scheffler, speaking at the Iowa Events Center on October 25.
According to Buzzfeed reporter McKay Coppins, the crowd responded positively to the comparison, with some saying “amen” in response.
Cruz led the widely unpopular campaign to shut down the government in a failed attempt to defeund the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare.
After the Cruz campaign, Republicans have hit historic lows in public approval, but the hard-right Senator has become something of a folk hero for conservatives desperate for a celebrity after the re-election of President Obama.