Republicans & Democrats Call For Rep. Steve King’s Resignation After Incest Remarks
On Wednesday, Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) said that humans would not exist if there “wasn’t incest and rape” while defending his bill to ban all abortions. King’s latest outrageous comment has led to new calls for his resignation from Democrats and many GOP leaders.
King told a local gathering of supporters, “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?”
Democrats reacted by saying that King’s statement was an attack on victims of sexual assault and derogatory toward women’s rights.
House Republicans also criticized their fellow GOP member. House Minority Whip Steve Scalise (R-Louisiana) said that King’s comments are “offensive, and underscore why we removed him from his committees.”
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Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyoming) tweeted, “As I’ve said before, it’s time for him to go. The people of Iowa’s 4th congressional district deserve better.”
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.
— Liz Cheney (@Liz_Cheney) August 14, 2019
His fellow Iowa State legislator, Sen. Randy Feenstra (R-Iowa) tweeted:
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. I will ensure we win this seat & I'll be an effective conservative leader in Congress. #IA04 https://t.co/x8M58B0gh0
— Randy Feenstra (@RandyFeenstra) August 14, 2019
Iowans have long deserved better than Steve King and his hateful, insulting words. He should resign.
— Cory Booker (@CoryBooker) August 14, 2019
Rep. Steve King should resign. His comments on rape and incest have no place in Congress and fuel a corrosive culture in this country around sexual assault.
We deserve better from our elected officials. https://t.co/QRXM3nUP8s
— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) August 15, 2019