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Democrats Call for Republican Steve King Resign After Comments Defending Rape and Incest
Written by <a href="index.php?option=com_comprofiler&task=userProfile&user=48414"><span class="small">Tara Golshan, Vox</span></a>   
Thursday, 15 August 2019 08:34

Golshan writes: "Rep. Steve King (R-IA), who openly panders to white supremacists, is now defending rape and incest as a means of conception. Without pregnancies from rape or incest, there wouldn't 'be any population of the world left,' he said."

U.S. Rep. Steve King (R-IA) speaks during a town hall meeting in Boone, Iowa. (photo: Joshua Lott/Getty)
U.S. Rep. Steve King (R-IA) speaks during a town hall meeting in Boone, Iowa. (photo: Joshua Lott/Getty)


Democrats Call for Republican Steve King Resign After Comments Defending Rape and Incest

By Tara Golshan, Vox

15 August 19


King, who has openly echoed white nationalists, defended an anti-abortion bill by saying there was probably rape and incest in his ancestry.

ep. Steve King (R-IA), who openly panders to white supremacists, is now defending rape and incest as a means of conception. Without pregnancies from rape or incest, there wouldn’t “be any population of the world left,” he said.

“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?” King told conservative voters in Iowa, 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.”

King was defending his anti-abortion legislation, which does not have exceptions for rape and incest, arguing that a fetus should be brought to term, no matter how it was conceived. The Heartbeat Protection Act, which he authored in 2017, would ban abortions at the first detection of a heartbeat, which for many women is before they even know they are pregnant. The bill, which has not moved in the House, has been used as a framework in conservative states nationwide.

“It’s not the baby’s fault for the sin of the father, or of the mother,” King said, defending the bill.

Four states — Georgia, Mississippi, Kentucky, and Ohio — have passed “heartbeat” bills, and states like North Dakota and Iowa have also passed similar measures. As Anna North reported for Vox, none of these bills have actually gone into effect, and have been — or will be — challenged in court. In January, a state judge struck down Iowa’s fetal heartbeat law.

King has represented Iowa’s Fourth Congressional District for more than 15 years, and is the only Republican House lawmaker left in the state. He’s known for retweeting neo-Nazis and making explicitly racist and xenophobic comments. As Vox’s Ella Nilsen reported, the neo-Nazi website the Daily Stormer actually embraced King as one of their own in 2017, saying he was “basically a white nationalist at this point.” 

After the New York Times published an interview with King, in which he questioned why the language “white nationalism” and “white supremacy” was so “offensive,” House Republican leadership finally stripped him of all committee assignments in January. However, he is still running for reelection — but not without challengers.

King has a Republican primary challenger, Randy Feenstra, the assistant majority leader of the Iowa state Senate, who is out-fundraising him so far. OpenSecrets shows Feenstra has $337,314 cash on hand, compared to a dismal $18,366 in King’s war chest as of the end of June.

And Democratic opponent J.D. Scholten, a former baseball player and paralegal who came within 2,500 votes of beating King in 2018, is running again. He’s a huge crowd favorite among Democrats in the district and the state — and often the subject of the biggest applause line for Democratic presidential candidates campaigning in the state. King’s comment has already prompted Democratic presidential candidates to call on King’s resignation.

But in a traditionally conservative district Scholten’s path to victory means he will have to win not only Democrats but also moderate Republicans and independents. 

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+8 # dsfingers 2019-08-15 12:05
Would love to run an experiment where we had NO rape and incest. Certainly would be a world I’d be happy to run the chance or reducing our population to sustainable levels populated by parents who want and love their children, themselves, and each other. It would be a great genetic experiment
 
 
+7 # ddd-rrr 2019-08-15 12:10
YOW! Just when I think that STUPIDITY can't get any worse among 'Bublicans,
"BAMMO!", I’m proven incorrect in that assumption, "BIG-TIME",
by yet another asinine comment by Steve King,
a CONGRESSMAN, no less!
 
 
+7 # laborequalswealth 2019-08-15 12:42
Well, hey - let's be fair. After all, it is sooooooo much easier to terrorist rape victims and scared pregnant women than to actually deal with REAL problems, like say, global warming, student debt, lack of health care, a crumbing infrastructure, endless endless endless war war war, etc. etc. etc.

Aren't you glad we have a "Party of Life" that is intent on destroying it for all of us?
 
 
+8 # johnescher 2019-08-15 12:42
And then, after these rape conception babies are born they can be put in cages and neglected and killed.
 
 
+4 # DongiC 2019-08-15 14:37
Another Republican stalwart ready to bite the dust come 20/20. They are falling like dead men who can't sustain their leader who doesn't give a damn about them anyway. Such is life in the modern GOP.
 
 
+2 # chapdrum 2019-08-15 17:26
This is someone who quite likely needs to be institutionaliz ed, like someone else we know (all too well).
 
 
+1 # Kootenay Coyote 2019-08-15 21:19
“… 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.”
Exactly; & look at the result! Massive case against war, rape & pillage right there in the person of Rep. King. Ah Republicans: just when you think they’ve done their worst, they start eating their snot.
 
 
0 # chrisconno 2019-08-16 10:43
King's position is not unheard of. It is a part of that purist white manifesto. Like the royals of Europe. They interbred because they didn't want the royal bloodlines to be contaminated by the un-royal blood of the other than royal.
 
 
0 # coberly 2019-08-17 10:09
well, get out your hate pencils 'cause you're gonna hate this.

i don't know about King. he is probably a jerk.

i will defend a woman's right to choose because it's none of OUR business and very dangerous when we start making it our business. or, as Jesus said, "what is that to you? follow thou me!"

that said, what King was saying is that babies conceived by rape or incest are still human beings, we ought not to kill them.

now, that is HIS excuse for not allowing r and i exceptions to anti abortion laws. it is not an insane position. but where would we be if we couldn't work up some hysteria by distorting it into "he defends rape and incest."