Republicans Slam Rep. King's 'Bizarre' Rape Remarks

Cheryl Sanders
August 17, 2019

King said he had not heard of such an extreme case and would have to consider it, but he did not want to support a broad exemption and asked the woman to suggest a solution.

'Would there be any population of the world left if we did that? "Considering all the wars and all the rape and pillage that's taken place".

"It's just another of a long line of his controversial statements that ultimately hurt this district, and it's getting really tiresome", Scholten said, adding, "As Iowans, we don't believe in this extremism that King represents and it's so divisive".

While he didn't resign, Republicans stripped him from all of his House committee assignments.

Republican politician Randy Feenstra, who is mounting a primary challenge to King, also condemned the "bizarre comments and behavior" that "diminish our message and damage our cause".

In a tweet late Wednesday afternoon, Cheney called King's comments "appalling and weird". "Steve King has proven once again that he is a national embarrassment and a rape apologist", Hogue said in a statement on Wednesday.

A growing list of Democratic presidential candidates called on King to resign, including Sens.

During his nine terms in Congress, King has publicly promoted white nationalists and neo-Nazis on Twitter and frequently insulted immigrants. "The people of Iowa's 4th congressional district deserve better", the House Republican Caucus chairwoman said in a tweet.

"You are a disgrace". In other words, it's business as usual for Steve King.

"Why did I sit in classes teaching me about the merits of our history and our civilisation?" he added.

King has been a hardline anti-choice voice since joining the House in 2003.

But Republicans in Iowa could send King back to Congress next year.

Although Mr King has usually breezed to victories in the conservative fourth Congressional District, he narrowly won his last election over Democrat J.D. Scholten.

He's previously been accused of racism, anti-semitism, and he was described in 2018 by the Washington Post as "the U.S. Congressman most openly affiliated with White Nationalism".

In March 2017, King sparked outrage with a tweet criticizing increased immigration in the USA that read, "Wilders understands that culture and demographics are our destiny".

During a trip to Austria, King met with members of the Freedom Party of Austria (FPO), a far-right party with neo-Nazi roots. Back in 2011, he said that abortion (with the implication being among white people) is "not constructive to our culture and our civilization".

The remarks quickly generated condemnation from lawmakers in both parties.

Scholten responded to King's comments in a statement to the Times, saying they "are disrespectful to survivors and don't reflect Iowan values". "There's not a ton of daylight between Steve King's views and the White House's".

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