Rep. Steve King: There wouldn’t be people left if we stopped rape & incest


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It’s depressing enough to weave in and out of political coverage whenever Donald Trump does or says something particularly pathetic. It’s quite another when all of Trump’s friends, employees, cohorts and supporters are all deciding to show their asses on an hourly basis. We’ve spoken about Rep. Steve King before. He’s a white supremacist, an anti-Semite and a misogynist who constantly says “the quiet part” of the GOP’s racist policies and beliefs out loud. This week’s controversy isn’t about King’s white supremacist beliefs though. It’s about how he hates women and… I don’t even know how to describe it, actually. I’m flummoxed.

Embattled Rep. Steve King on Wednesday said the human population might not exist if not for rape and incest, drawing scorn — and renewed calls to resign — from scores of Democrats and some in his own party. The Iowa Republican, who was speaking at an event in Urbandale, Iowa, was intending to make the case for a GOP policy that bans nearly all abortions, including in cases when the woman is a victim of rape or 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?” King said, according to the Des Moines Register, which first reported the comments. “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 continued.

Democrats in Congress and on the 2020 campaign trail reacted with fury, saying that King’s comments amounted to excusing violence against women and disregarding the victims of rape and incest. King’s remarks drew a backlash from House GOP leaders — who already agreed to strip him of his committee posts after a string of racist remarks earlier this year — though their response took several hours.

“These comments are wrong, and offensive, and underscore why we removed him from his committees,” House Minority Whip Steve Scalise said in a statement to POLITICO Wednesday afternoon.

[From Politico]

Don’t get it wrong, the Republicans will argue, we believe that survivors of rape and incest should also be forced to carry their pregnancies to term by the state. “We just don’t want to discuss it publicly in front of cameras and journalists,” that’s what they’re all thinking. It’s not about rape, incest or anything else, it’s about ownership of the female body. But yes, to be clear, Steve King wonders why it’s such a big deal to be a white supremacist, and he also wonders why it’s such a big deal for women to be raped or abused by a relative and be forced to carry that fetus to term. Once again, Steve King said the quiet part out loud.

Also: Douchebag Ken Cuccinelli – who is one of the worst politicians Virginia has ever produced – is currently head of Immigration and Customs in the Trump administration. Cuccinelli said that Emma Lazarus’s poem on the Statue of Liberty was only about white Europeans. *deep sigh*

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  1. Ronaldinhio says:

    How is it that a proud nation like the United States of America is represented, on any level, by a man like this?
    SHAME

    • Arpeggi says:

      What’s scary is that people actually vote for these monsters. You’d think mentalities have evolved in past 600 years, but nope! It’s just so freackin’ gross

      • Carol says:

        What I want to know is did Iowans know King was a nut? Did he express his extreme views while campaigning? I mean this guy just sounds like he is absolutely nuts

      • Raina says:

        Well the inbred people are probably most of his constituents so I get it.

    • SarSte says:

      It’s because sizable chunks of the American population agree with this man’s general POV. It’s why they elected who they elected as their president in 2016 and it’s why they will elect him again in 2020.

      • Vava says:

        I don’t think it’s a given he’ll be re-elected. People will vote for Trump again, but will he take the electoral college? I doubt it.

    • Erin says:

      It’s actually totally appropriate that he represents this country. We aren’t really a proud nation nor have we ever been. What in our history is worthy of being so proud? America’s history is ugly and painful for many, many groups of people.

    • lucy2 says:

      He’s held elected office for 20+ years, and has been horrible from DAY ONE. People of Iowa, FFS, enough. Vote him out.

      • Tiffany :) says:

        I think it is really important to not only make King own these comments, but to make it clear his constituents own these comments too. They know who he is, yet they vote for him again and again.

        The last election for him was very close, and I think that was the result of people feeling embarrassed by his representation. He has the 1 quadrant in Iowa where there isn’t a large city or university. All other districts went blue in 2018.

    • Shazze says:

      demented prick – he probably IS the result of inbreeding

      • Juls says:

        And he hates women because he was probably an incel for a very long time, so women must be punished, in his sick mind.

    • E. B. Mann says:

      I, for one, am convinced that King is the product of rape or incest. Actually, make that rape and incest. And, yes, CB, this is ALL about who owns your body—you or the GOP.

    • Sara says:

      How many men in the history of world were raped tho? Like I bet he’d be singing a different tune if he were the one getting gang banged in a prison or during time of war. But oh if it’s women who cares, that’s natural history.

      Gross.

  2. OriginalLala says:

    *sigh* I just can’t anymore, the past few years have beaten me down…..we are in the darkest timeline and we’re never coming out are we?

    • Myrtle says:

      I think we’ll come out of it, one way or the other. Everything is cyclical. But yeah, this is a dark moment. How can we teach our children better? Teach them to look for common ground—feelings, values and beliefs we all share. The Golden Rule, for starters. Somehow this message is lost on WAY too many.

      And this dude has got to go.

    • Darla says:

      I don’t know. I would love to believe 2020 will sweep them all out and it will be morning in america again! or whatever. But, yeah I don’t know. Could get worse. Progression is not guaranteed.

    • Amanduh says:

      Is not a great time but The Dark Ages I would say were the darkest timeline. We need to not let these assholes get us down! Its still the best time to be alive in human history. We need to keep fighting and not give up! We’ll get through this!

  3. horseandhound says:

    he said WHAT???

    • Seraphina says:

      That was my thought too, I said: did I read that right?????

      I just can’t anymore with the stupidity. At times I think: maybe they are just trying to see where we draw the line.

      • Zapp Brannigan says:

        I don’t think this is even stupidity, this is a clear insight into his moral corruption and lack of humanity. Every day, with every word uttered that is offensive to our moral cores, boundaries are being destroyed, we are being eroded on a daily basis by an overwhelming amount of corruption, cruelty and disregard for the sanctity of humanity. I am flummoxed about where we go as a society.

      • Kitten says:

        Exactly, Zapp. Not stupidity, just the typical Nazi shit from King that we’ve become accustomed to.

      • Mel M says:

        Right, but like all the hypocritical republican evangelists he tries to wrap it in a demented moral package by following with “I’d like to think that every one of the lives of us are as precious as any other life,” “It’s not the baby’s fault for the sin of the father, or of the mother,”. So all lives are precious except for those who have been victims of rape or incest, they are no longer precious enough to be protected and have justice served. Also, when is rape of a woman that results in a pregnancy EVER the women’s fault??? Oh I think I know what his answer would be. So incredibly nauseated by all of this.

      • BayTampaBay says:

        These people are “pro- birth” not pro-life. Once a child of rape or incest is born they throw the child on the scrap heap then re-classify as a welfare scrounger and burden to society. These people are “Pure Concentrated Evil”.

      • Pineapple says:

        Zapp … that is such an incredibly insightful way to describe what is going on in todays world. Boundaries ARE being destroyed. It is truly unreal.

      • Tourmaline says:

        King is a white nationalist and this remark of his is part and parcel. A quasi religious nationalist fantasy where girls and women are breeding stock.

      • Megan says:

        King believes women are not entitled to bodily autonomy and were put on this earth to serve the needs of men. I truly hope the person who primaries him is not a nutter. I want him knocked out of the race early.

    • Myrtle says:

      If rape and incest is so normal and acceptable, why is Josef Fritzl in prison? That’s what he thinks, too.

      • Angela82 says:

        He doesn’t live in America. :-(

      • Amelie says:

        Josef Fritzl also held his daughter prisoner against her will in an underground bunker for YEARS along with some of her children. He also forcibly separated her from some of the children who were raised by he and Elisabeth’s mother. Even if the rape and incest weren’t an issue, he kidnapped and tortured his daughter for decades which I have a feeling wouldn’t go down well with Republicans… you would think at least.

    • PlainJane says:

      S A M E !!

      And this man has a wife.

    • himmiefan says:

      Back when I was still a Republican, I couldn’t help but notice that most if not all of these clowns with their wacko statements were Republicans.

      • horseandhound says:

        there is nothing wrong with being a republican. if you’re in possession of common sense and a moral compass. this freak obviously isn’t.

      • Alarmjaguar says:

        Well, honestly, at this point the vast majority of that party support men like him, so I think there is something wrong with being republican. If it quacks like a duck…

  4. A random commenter says:

    I doubt he gets re-elected. Iowans finally seem sick of his crap.

    • Honeybadger says:

      Please know that he represents only a section of Iowa. The other three districts are represented by Democrats — including two women. King gives Iowa an undeserved bad name.

      • Hoopjumper says:

        I see what you’re saying honeybadger, but he was elected. By Iowans. Repeatedly. As much as I don’t want to be lumped in with Trump supporters, I can’t pretend his election has nothing to do with my country as it is. Same logic.

        Relatedly, can we please start holding the primaries closer together? The Jan-June spread is ridiculous.

      • Tiffany :) says:

        His district is 1/4 of the state, which isn’t the whole thing…but it is a large part. I know that there are a lot of good people who would never vote for him, but until they stand up and show that they are going to work hard to get him out of office, they deserve the shame that comes with electing him to be their representative.

        He was in Urbandale at the Machine Shed (not in his district) speaking to the Westside Conservative Club to probably fund raise for his campaign. So even if his district doesn’t represent the whole state, the whole state plays a role in either helping him win or lose.

  5. Kittycat says:

    Saying this man is an idiot is an insult to the word idiot.

    Why people will still vote for him is beyond me.

    • Deanne says:

      Because they are also idiots. No-one would vote for someone with clear white supremacist, anti-Semitic and insanely misogynist views like him, unless they agree with him.

    • Ader says:

      Republican voters value authority over personal integrity and have been raised on a 100-proof cocktail of racism, sexism and religion. They’re skilled at cognitive dissonance and have an unwavering belief in their own goodness.

      I know a woman — a medical professional — who said: “I don’t believe in all this climate change alarm-ism because there was once an Ice Age.” She actually said that with a straight face. Someone with a medical master’s degree! She also said that everyone crossing the border was a “dirty criminal,” this, from a woman who a few sentences prior had patted herself on the back for being a “good Christian.”

      Here’s an interesting article about the differences between “conservative” and “liberal” brains. https://www.businessinsider.com/psychological-differences-between-conservatives-and-liberals-2018-2#liberal-and-conservative-tastes-in-music-and-art-are-different-too-8

      • notpretentious says:

        @Ader, what a well thought out comment. You are 100 percent correct, and skilled at expressing what I couldn’t put into words. I love it!

      • Harryg says:

        I knew there was a brain difference, I just knew it! It’s like two different species.

      • Jerusha says:

        I just read the article and the liberal attributes fit me to a t. All except the last one-I wasn’t an angry, aggressive kid. I was a fairly shy loner who spent a lot of time in libraries and movie theatres.

      • NeoCleo says:

        “Children who showed higher levels of conduct problems — that is, aggression, fighting, stealing from peers — were more likely to be economically left-leaning and distrustful of the political system as adults”

        I am NOT a conservative and I DID NOT steal from my peers. Who wrote this POS article?

      • Ader says:

        @NeoCleo
        First, it didn’t say that ALL liberals stole from their peers. Like most social science studies, the researchers found a link. That doesn’t mean that all liberals were aggressive and stole. It just means that the researchers found that among that population, a correlation existed between that behavioral type and liberal political leanings. And it makes sense. Liberal people tend to be less authoritarian…and some of those people probably acted out as youngsters, pushing the authoritarian envelope. Heck, I know I did.

      • Green Desert says:

        “Republican voters value authority over personal integrity and have been raised on a 100-proof cocktail of racism, sexism and religion. They’re skilled at cognitive dissonance and have an unwavering belief in their own goodness.”

        This all day, Ader.

      • Traveler says:

        I couldn’t agree more. Very well said.

  6. Steph says:

    I want to throw up

  7. MattyLove says:

    So, by extrapolation, one could deduce he’s saying rape and incest are necessary for the survival of the species? My SIL lives in his district and is in constant disbelief that he continues to be re-elected.

    • Lori says:

      People actually voted for this idiot. They thought about it and thought this was the guy for them. The survival of the species isn’t even a question considering we have over 7.000.000.000 people on this earth. That he would even make that argument, besides it being absolutely disgusting, reveals a much more deep-seated disregard but also absolute disdain for women and their autonomy.

  8. Ali says:

    Fire him to the moon
    Let him rot among the stars
    He can see what spring is like
    Burning up as he lands on Mars
    In other words, fuckety bye
    In other words, dude, just …
    fly
    ;)

  9. adastraperaspera says:

    You know, all through the Reagan years I thought guys like this were just big BS-ers, jockeying for a bigger piece of the pie than anyone else, pushing women out of the way to act the big man with extra cash in his pocket, fairly harmless idiots. I was naive. Out of the mouths of fools like Steve King comes their true agendas–destruction of democracy, genocide, “white savior” eugenics, and a bona fide patriarchal Republic of Gilead. There’s no hope for them. They must be shunned, banished and utterly crushed.

  10. Mia4s says:

    Does he have children? Because I am REALLY worried about them right now.

    There’s no grey area anymore. If you identify as a Republican in the USA I have to assume you are a racist and a misogynist. There’s just no question.

    • Lucy says:

      I don’t think it’s fair to paint all Republicans with the same brush. I’d bet plenty of them are disgusted with Trump and wish he’d just STFU.

      • Lee says:

        @ Lucy – That’s not what the polls show. 90% of Republicans think that Trump is doing a great job. The majority of Republicans with a functioning moral compass have already left the party. All they have left are deplorables.

      • Darla says:

        Nah, it’s fair. Have you seen his approval ratings in the R party? Dude’s LOVED. Loved! And they will all vote for him again in 2020 so stop.

      • Kitten says:

        Actually, it’s completely fair. As others have said, Trump is largely beloved among Republicans. And truthfully, if the handful of Republicans who despise him continue to align themselves with that broken party then they’re not much better. Trump IS Republicanism. Call yourself a Democrat, and Independent, a Libertarian–whatever–but if you still self-identify as Republican, then you need to be real with yourself about what your party has become: he Party of Racism, The Party of Misogyny, The Party of Xenophobia, The Party of CRUELTY…

        The Party of Trump.

      • BayTampaBay says:

        “I don’t think it’s fair to paint all Republicans with the same brush. I’d bet plenty of them are disgusted with Trump and wish he’d just STFU.”

        John McCain & Gerald Ford: Rest in Peace without turning over in your grave if you can.

      • Mia4s says:

        @Lucy once upon a time perhaps there was some nuance. But if they are still willing to call themselves Republicans while “people” like this remain the voice and leads of the party? Sorry, but their choice has been made. Vote ALL of these guys out, then we can revisit.

      • Chaine says:

        None of the Republicans I know are speaking out against him, so I can only assume they are just as much pond scum as him.

      • lucy2 says:

        A bunch of people have left the party in the last few years. Those who choose to remain, and to vote in people like this, yeah it’s fair.

  11. Roserose says:

    Thanks for helping me think this through. I honestly didn’t have the brain power to make sense of what this guy was saying.

  12. Lucy says:

    *SPEECHLESS🤬

    • schmootc says:

      Yup. This is one of those things that is just so absolutely, undeniably offensive that there is no way to respond, in either an appropriate or inappropriate fashion, that would adequately express my thoughts. None.

      I am beginning to think that the number of people whose graves I eventually want to piss on is so great that I will not have enough piss to do so. Like in my entire life. And I’m 46 right now, so probably have a fair amount of years left. Maybe?

  13. Carol says:

    VOTE BLUE, VOTE BLUE, VOTE BLUE!!!

    • Honeybadger says:

      Iowa’s other three districts are represented by Democrats, including two women.

      • Kitten says:

        My BF’s parents live in Abby Finkenauer’s district. I’m not sure I’ll see Iowa turn blue in my lifetime but I do think we have the potential to *slowly* turn it purple over the next 20 years or so.

      • Tiffany :) says:

        Iowa voted for Gore, Bush, Obama, Obama. Getting it to go blue isn’t going to be that hard, as long as the college voters aren’t disenfranchised (have to vote at home address, etc.) and suburban voters are motivated. I think Hillary took a hit in the suburbs, but I think those same voters see the consequences of their actions and will get out in 2020 like they did in 2018.

        Iowa State, University of Iowa, UNI, and Drake need to get out the vote!

      • Canber says:

        Iowa is purple already.

  14. Aenflex says:

    Men also killed live birth babies fairly often. I wonder if he’s factored that in to his equation.

  15. Pixie says:

    America has a serious problem with white male supremacy. The White House, Senate, Congress, Police Departments and every last one of your systems and institutions is filled to the brim with white supremacists and simply voting this guy, or the President out isn’t going to fix this problem for you. I don’t pretend to have all the answers, but I know you’re all going to have to do a hell of a lot more than vote blue.

  16. Brunswickstoval says:

    After watching The Loudest Voice in the Room I feel like none of this surprises me anymore. These people have the voice of what so many dumb white folk want to hear.

    It’s so depressing but it makes sense.

  17. Honeybadger says:

    Donate to J.D. Scholten’s campaign! He nearly beat King in 2018. It’s a very conservative district and for Scholten, a Democrat, to come so close bodes well in 2020.

    • Kitten says:

      Beat me to it! JD was one of a handful of candidates that I donated to several times before the mid-terms. If you’re not following him on Twitter, do so NOW. PLEASE DONATE!
      He’s an awesome candidate who cares so much about his district. He’s the antithesis of King (who blocked me on Twitter a LONG time ago) and a genuinely good dude.

      He has a good chance to beat Steve King but he needs the donations! Please consider.

    • lucy2 says:

      Done! Thanks!

    • Tiffany :) says:

      Yes, this!!!!

  18. Floydee Mercer says:

    I’ve got a feeling —- that today’s gonna be a good day.

  19. paranormalgirl says:

    Gilead, here we come.

  20. Prairiegirl says:

    Americans deserve better politicians than the ones they get.

  21. Hermione says:

    Cuccinelli: That statue of liberty poem was about “people coming from Europe.”

    At least they’re being more open about their white supremacy. No need to hide it anymore. Let the world and your followers know. Anyone with eyes and ears knows this is how they’ve always believed, they just weren’t in a position of power to express it so honestly. But now with the racist in chief in the White House, they’re emboldened to let it all loose. And they will do whatever it takes to retain power. If people sit on their asses in 2020 like they did in 2016, then it’s over for this country.

    • (TheOG)@Jan90067 says:

      Only thing he left out was “WESTERN” Europe. Reprehensible scum, every last one of them.

  22. Lori says:

    So this guy is making a case for banning all abortions because there were rapes and cases of incest in the past that resulted in children? He’s actually making the case “Tough shit you got pregnant from your rapist/abuser. Others had those babies and so should you!”. I want to slap this man in the face but I’m afraid I wouldn’t be able to stop.

    • Liz version 700 says:

      This guy is so awful he has even lost Liz Cheney. When you are so disgusting that the Mistress of Disgusting dumps you …. these people make me feel physically ill.

  23. Veronica S. says:

    I always feel like the layers to this kind of misogyny is just astounding, you know? It’s not just a matter of dehumanization of women or the inhumanity of the implication that children’s lives justifies female suffering. It’s a matter of not even thinking of them as people at all, of thinking that their ability to engage in sex with agency is completely absent and negligible. It’s the idea that even entertaining the idea of women having a choice and opportunity is inherently dangerous to the structure of a society or human existence itself. And what’s terrifying is how many people casually think this way without ever being able to articulate it to such an honest extent.

    • Kitten says:

      To add to your very well-articulated comment, the implication in his statement is that women are merely vessels to be sacrificed for the furthering of the human race and that rape, molestation, incest etc. are man’s natural act of procreation and not an act of abuse and violence.

      It’s horrific but completely expected from this Nazi piece of shit.

    • Savannah says:

      Hands down best comment!
      So true and so depressing..

    • lucy2 says:

      Excellent comment Veronica.

  24. ME says:

    People actually voted for him. That’s the scariest part. He is one of many.

  25. Giddy says:

    I’m depressed over the state of the Republican Party. After all, it’s one of the two major parties. But when I see the fools and crooks they elect I despair. I wish for a day when Republicans would nominate and elect politicians of stature, people I could even admire. I want to see a time when I don’t sink into depression if their guy wins. I’m a Democrat, but I wish that Republicans would achieve greatness. I’m tired of their fools, goons, crooks and idiots.

    • lucy2 says:

      I’ve said that myself a lot lately.
      I would love 2 (or more) decent parties, where even if the person you voted for didn’t win, you weren’t terrified and horrified by the opposition’s every move.

  26. Emily says:

    Wondering how many women he’s raped and if/when he’s accused the GOP will deny he ever made this statement.

  27. MeowBea says:

    Hare psychopath checklist *seem to fit to all of his facilitator and Trumps Agenda to make america suck again.

    The twenty traits assessed by the PCL-R score are:

    glib and superficial charm
    grandiose (exaggeratedly high) estimation of self
    need for stimulation
    pathological lying
    cunning and manipulativeness
    lack of remorse or guilt
    shallow affect (superficial emotional responsiveness)
    callousness and lack of empathy
    parasitic lifestyle
    poor behavioral controls
    sexual promiscuity
    early behavior problems
    lack of realistic long-term goals
    impulsivity
    irresponsibility
    failure to accept responsibility for own actions
    many short-term marital relationships
    juvenile delinquency
    revocation of conditional release
    criminal versatility

    Read more: http://www.minddisorders.com/Flu-Inv/Hare-Psychopathy-Checklist.html#ixzz5wgbrxijO

  28. gingersnaps says:

    He’s probably showing up his family tree. Maybe this tosspot is a product of incest or rape?

  29. MeghanNotMarkle says:

    I’m in a constant state of anxiety these days. This statement made me so nauseated I couldn’t eat. I’m still not 100% there. What the hell are we going to do about this aside from hope they’re voted out? The left is do divided that I feel it’s almost guaranteed 45 will get another term.

    • lucy2 says:

      I am full of anxiety too. Last night was bad, I was short of breath for a while from it, and realized I was reading the news and had to stop.

      I do hope that people wise up and come together, because ANY of the Dem choices are better than what we have.

    • Canber says:

      If you have time, get involved. I work for candidate recruitment for local Democrats. I also liaise with left leaning non-affiliated groups. Political work is grunt work, sometimes tedious, but it breeds optimism.

  30. Caty Page says:

    I wish I had insightful words or something hopeful to say. But I’m just really fucking sad.

  31. Canber says:

    King’s fate is sealed. It seems that the Republican leadership is ready to ditch his ass, and King is not a fund raising magnet. It doesn’t mean a Dem will win that district though.

  32. JanetFerber says:

    Effing a-hole. I’m curious what his family situation looks like (daughters?) and any allegations from co-workers, etc. He should RESIGN in SHAME RIGHT NOW. Oh my God.

  33. Baltimom says:

    Until people stop confusing sex with rape, we will continue to see comments like this. I don’t know about the rest of you ladies, but I am tired of being treated like a second class citizen by a bunch of old boomers with antiquated mindsets. Vote these morons out and let’s fight for a maximum voting age. 70 year olds have no business deciding the fate of this country. They’re only thinking of right now because they know they won’t have to suffer the consequences.

  34. JM says:

    To quote Tori Amos, “I wanna smash their faces in.”

  35. whybother says:

    well.. I dont know others but obviously ONE family tree is probably full with it. Look at his face, that is science people. euwww…. urgh..,

  36. Shannon says:

    “And I can’t say I’m not a product of that.” Cool story, bro. And I can’t say you shouldn’t have been aborted.