Steve King Stinks Up Iowa

Once again Iowa’s top racist lets it fly.

I simply do not understand how anyone with a conscience could vote for this guy. Yet to Iowa’s shame, he has been returned to congress over and over.

An even bigger shame is that Iowa’s governor gives her tacit approval to King’s racism by having King as one of the main cogs in her campaign for governor. She must really think lowly of her fellow Iowans to continue having him in her campaign. I would like to believe that Iowans are much better than Steve King represents us as.

From Wednesday:

Rep. Steve King (R-IA) retweeted a neo-Nazi on Tuesday morning. He has faced no consequences for the tweet, and the leaders of his party have so far remained silent.


And yet the Republican Party maintained its silence Wednesday: TPM’s requests for comment to House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI), Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), the National Republican Campaign Committee and the Republican National Committee all went unanswered. None have commented publicly on King’s retweet. King’s office did not respond to TPM’s questions.

The amplification of a neo-Nazi is the latest in a years-long stream of similar actions from the Iowa congressman. In December, he tweeted “Diversity is not our strength” and attributed a quote to the right-wing Hungarian Prime Minister Victor Orban: “Mixing cultures will not lead to a higher quality of life but a lower one.” Following President Donald Trump’s January State of the Union address, King told TPM “the Congressional Black Caucus took a knee nearly all night.”

In March of last year, King was able to garner a rare response from his Republican colleagues when he tweeted “[Anti-muslim Dutch politician Geert] Wilders understands that culture and demographics are our destiny. We can’t restore our civilization with somebody else’s babies.”

Seriously, Gov. Reynolds, this is what you want to be associated with? To tacitly endorse? Is winning elections by whatever means all that matters?

And where is Republican leadership condemning this? Ryan? Scalise? Where is Iowa Republican Party leader Jeff Kaufmann? Maybe these folks have responded. I have not heard so. If they have I apologize for missing it. Until they do, I guess they also tacitly approve of King.

You folks out in the 4th district have a young man who really reflects your values and will actually work his rear off for your district. In case you missed it last week, JD Scholten was chosen as the Democratic nominee for the fourth district.  

Reaction from Scholten response quickly and right to the point:  (via email) 

I’m not running just to beat Steve King, I’m running to give the people of this district the representation they deserve and have been missing for far too long. I prefer to talk about the positive things we can do to improve the lives of the people in this district so, instead of talking about Steve King here, I’ll let the headlines speak for themselves…

It’s bizarre that Steve King, as a member of Congress from Iowa, would know who this Collett character is, let alone retweet him! Maybe King doesn’t know about this guy’s admiration for Hitler or being a neo-Nazi sympathizer? Or maybe he does? All I know is that I am proud that America’s greatest generation heroically defeated the Nazis. And once again, King is showing us where his priorities are, retweeting a February article from Breitbart posted by a neo-Nazi in Europe. King spends more time pushing his extreme agenda and glorifying right wing nationalists overseas than he does working to help the people of this district. Northwest Iowa deserves better. If you agree that Iowa needs a representative that cares more about building this district’s future than seeking to divide us, make a contribution to our movement today!

Standing Tall for All,
J.D. Scholten


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