Steve King says humanity might not exist without rape, incest

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Perpetually embattled Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) said on Wednesday that humanity might not exist if it wasn’t for rape and incest—drawing swift condemnation from all corners of the internet, including colleagues in Congress.

King, who has a history of making racist and white supremacist comments in the past that eventually led to him being stripped of all of his committee assignments in the House, made the remarks while speaking at an event in Urbandale, Iowa, according to the De Moines Register.

“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?” the congressman said, according to the news outlet. “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 comments drew swift criticism.

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), a 2020 Democratic presidential hopeful, called on King to resign in the wake of his remarks.

[email protected]: You are a disgrace. Resign.,” Gillibrand wrote on Twitter.

Other 2020 Democrats also criticized the remarks.

“Steve King is a racist, a misogynist and a disgrace to the country. He should not be a member of the United States Congress,” Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) wrote on Twitter.

Former Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-Tx.) urged his followers to donate to King’s challenger in the 2020 election.

“My friend @JDScholtenis standing up and fighting back against Steve King, and he needs all of our help — because no matter where you live, you know there’s no place for Steve King’s racism, bigotry, and hatred in Congress,” O’Rourke wrote on Twitter, adding a link to a Act Blue page.

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Andrew Wyrich

Andrew Wyrich

Andrew Wyrich is a politics staff writer for the Daily Dot, covering the intersection of politics and the internet. Andrew has written for USA Today, NorthJersey.com, and other newspapers and websites. His work has been recognized by the Society of the Silurians, Investigative Reporters & Editors (IRE), and the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ).