Iowa Rep. Steve King Under Fire for Latest Remarks About Rape and Incest Claiming There Wouldn’t Be a World Population Without Them; Dems Calling for His Resignation

  • Staunchly conservative and a lightning rod for controversy, Iowa Rep. Steve King is facing fresh criticism for his remarks on incest and rape at an event in Urbandale, Iowa where he defended abortion laws that don’t exclude rape and incest.
  • King told the audience at the Westside Conservative Group: “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 continued: “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 added: “It’s not the baby’s fault for the sin of the father or of the mother.”
  • Democrats, including those on the campaign trail, condemned King’s remarks and said “the comments amounted to excusing violence against women and disregarding the victims of rape and incest.”
  • Iowa State Sen. Randy Feenstra wrote on Twitter: “I am 100% pro-life but Steve King’s bizarre comments and behavior diminish our message & damage our cause. Trump needs defenders in Congress, not distractions.”
  • King’s Democratic challenger, J.D. Scholten, denounced his remarks as “selfish, hateful ideology.”
  • Scholten said: “Excusing violence — in any way — is entirely unacceptable. His comments are disrespectful to survivors and don’t reflect Iowan values.”
  • Democratic Iowa Rep. Abby Finkenauer wrote on Twitter: “This is incredibly cruel & disrespectful to survivors. Steve King & his values, his rhetoric, & his disdain for decency is a far cry from the Iowa I know. He doesn’t represent who we are & he continues to be an embarrassment to our state & federal delegation.”
  • While Republicans have largely remained silent on King’s remarks, Republican Liz Cheney tweeted: “Today’s comments by @RepSteveKingIA are appalling and bizarre. As I’ve said before, it’s time for him to go. The people of Iowa’s 4th congressional district deserve better.”
  • Earlier this year, King was stripped of his committee assignments and had his remarks condemned by the House after he said during an interview: “White nationalist, white supremacist, Western civilization — how did that language become offensive?”

Reference Links

  • Des Moines Register: U.S. Rep. Steve King: If not for rape and incest, ‘would there be any population left?’ READ
  • The Hill: Steve King: ‘Would there be any population of the world left’ if not for rape and incest? READ
  • Politico: Steve King under fire for questioning if humanity would exist without ‘rape and incest’ READ
  • Washington Examiner: Steve King: Without rape and incest, ‘Would there be any population of the world left?’ READ

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