You know, we were ready and willing to stand behind Rep. Steve King (R-IA) after The New York Times deliberately smeared him after he was gracious enough to grant them an interview earlier this year. From all we could gather, King was a decent man, a patriot, and definitely a politician willing to back the Trump agenda, which includes ridding the United States of the scourge of illegal immigration.
Granted, his words were indelicate – inadvertently throwing “white supremacy” and “western civilization” into the same basket of a sentence, before asking, “How did this language become offensive?” The paper (along with the rest of the media vampires) jumped at once, accusing King of defending racism. Hell, even after King’s clarification, in which he said he was only talking about western civilization, some commentators, including the Washington Post, said that even THAT was racist. So, you know, you can’t win with these people.
But after this latest bizarre foray into mental gymnastics, we’re beginning to wonder if there isn’t something seriously wrong with the guy. This week, in a speech before Iowa’s Westside Conservative Club, King was defending his position that there should be no rape or incest exception to a firm law against abortion. Which is all fine and well, but the way he chose to defend it was truly strange.
“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 asked. “It’s not the baby’s fault for the sin of the father, or of the mother.”
This last statement is defensible; the first statement, while it may allude to a literal fact about the history of the world, is not. This is the kind of thing you might say to your friends after you’ve had a few at the local bar, but it’s not the kind of thing a sane, rational U.S. lawmaker should be saying in a speech.
Democrats began (predictably) calling for King to resign, but we were surprised by the number of Republicans who did the same.
“Today’s comments by @RepSteveKingIA are appalling and bizarre. As I’ve said before, it’s time for him to go,” said Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY).
“This isn’t the first time I’ve had concerns of what Steve King has said,” House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy said in a Fox News interview. “Earlier in this Congress, there are things that Steve King said that I do not believe the party of Lincoln would stand for. And as a — as a United Conference, we actually removed Steve King from his committees inside Congress, and I think this just continues to show why that action was taken.”
But seriously. Life is hard enough for Republicans in this crazy, left-wing media environment without people like Steve King making things worse. We’re not saying he’s a bad guy, and we don’t think he’s the crypto-Nazi that his enemies make him out to be, but he is ridiculously reckless with his mouth. He needs to either get that under control or find another line of work.