Steve King should resign from office immediately

At an event held by a right-wing political club in Urbandale, Iowa, U.S. Rep. Steve King (R-IA-4), who is infamous for repeatedly making extremely offensive remarks and having a medieval view of society, publicly defended rape and incest:

U.S. Rep. Steve King told the Westside Conservative Club on Wednesday that humanity might not exist if not for rape and incest.

“What if we went back through all the family trees and just pulled those people out that were products of rape and incest? Would there be any population of the world left if we did that?” he said at the event in Urbandale, Iowa.

“Considering all the wars and all the rapes and pillages taken place and whatever happened to culture after society? I know I can’t certify that I’m not a part of a product of that.”


That viewpoint is so disgusting, it would be absolutely unreasonable for me to make any attempt to defend it. If nobody committed rape or incest, humanity would still exist. More importantly, rape and incest are NEVER, under any circumstances, actions that should be publicly defended in the court of public opinion. What King told the Westside Conservative Club yesterday might be the single most offensive and disgusting remark I’ve ever heard from an elected official in the whole of my life.

Steve King has a long history of making absolutely disgusting remarks that embarrass the people of his congressional district, his state, and his country. I do not believe for one second that a majority of residents in Steve King’s congressional district believe in King’s disgustingly medieval view of society. Douglas W. Burns, a fourth-generation Iowa journalist, noted in this tweet on how King’s habit of saying extremely offensive things and having a medieval view of society is hurting Iowa’s economy:

Steve King should resign from office immediately. Period.