Fellow lawmakers call for Steve King’s resignation following offensive comments

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Fellow lawmakers call for Steve King’s resignation following offensive comments
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Fellow lawmakers call for Steve King’s resignation following offensive comments
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Congressman Steve King is once again facing calls for his resignation. While speaking to a group of conservatives yesterday, King sparked controversy while advocating against laws allowing abortion in cases of rape and incest. Several of his colleagues in Congress have demanded his resignation, including at least one Republican.

“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 the crowd of supporters at the Westside Conservative Club in Urbandale, Iowa. “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.”

The Democratic candidates for president pounced on King’s comments, most of them taking to Twitter to bash the congressman. However, King has faced plenty of criticism from Republicans as well. Liz Cheney, a fellow member of the US House of Representatives, called King’s comments “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,” Cheney wrote on Twitter yesterday. While Cheney has denounced King in the past, this is the first time she has called for his resignation.

King, a 70-year-old Republican congressman from Iowa, has made numerous controversial statements over the years. He was stripped of his committee assignments by Republican leadership earlier this year after making racist comments to the New York Times. “White nationalist, white supremacist, Western civilization — how did that language become offensive?” King asked the New York Times during his interview.

The congressman claims he misspoke in the interview and contends that he is not a racist. However, many of King’s critics have suggested otherwise. Below, you can read tweets from some of King’s colleagues about the incident:

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