Rep. Steve King raised more than a few eyebrows Wednesday after comments he about rape and incest during an Iowa event went viral.
Mr. King told the Westside Conservative Club in Urbandale that the population might not exist if it wasn’t for rape and incest.
“What if we went back through all the family trees and just pulled out anyone who was a product of rape or incest? Would there be any population of the world left if we did that?” the Republican congressman said, the Des Moines Register reported.
“Considering all the wars and all the rapes and pillages that happened throughout all these different nations, I know that I can’t say that I was not a part of a product of that,” he added.
Mr. King reportedly made the comments in defense of his not allowing exceptions for rape and incest in the anti-abortion legislation he previously introduced to Congress.
Mr. King, who has a history of making controversial remarks, also referred to the fallout he faced in January after he spoke about white supremacy during an interview with The New York Times. The comments drew bipartisan condemnation at the time and the Republican Steering Committee removed him from all House committee assignments.
Mr. King said Wednesday that the backlash was an orchestrated scheme to get him out of office, the Register reported.
“People think it was an organic media feeding frenzy, but no, it was orchestrated from the beginning,” he said. “They had told me, heads up before Christmas, they’re going to try to drive you out of office and get you to resign.”
Mr. King’s comments about rape and incest sparked an immediate reaction on social media, ranging from confusion to disgust. His name became a top trending topic on social media Wednesday afternoon.
Gross! This would explain why these weirdos are fixed on smearing me with claims of incest. Projecting their filth, unreal. https://t.co/PTJpBYyUNV— Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) August 14, 2019
My friend @JDScholten is standing up and fighting back against Steve King, and he needs all of our help — because no matter where you live, you know there’s no place for Steve King’s racism, bigotry, and hatred in Congress.— Beto O’Rourke (@BetoORourke) August 14, 2019
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If anything, Steve King should be defending inbreeding.— Ana Navarro-Cárdenas (@ananavarro) August 14, 2019
People of Iowa, you are some of the nicest people I’ve ever met. For the love of God, get rid of this embarrassment to your beautiful state. https://t.co/CHRgz6jy0Q
Iowans have long deserved better than Steve King and his hateful, insulting words. He should resign.— Cory Booker (@CoryBooker) August 14, 2019
We can show him it’s time to go by donating to the guy who will beat him—my inspiring friend @JDScholten: https://t.co/v3Kd7Y9JCVhttps://t.co/g6cgOswmjp
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