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US Congressman Steve King Asks If Humans Would Have Survived Without Rape, Incest

Washington: 

Controversial Republican congressman Steve King set off yet one more firestorm on Wednesday when he questioned whether or not the world’s human inhabitants would exist if rape and incest didn’t happen all through historical past.

King, a fierce conservative who’s an avid supporter of President Donald Trump, was defending his opposition to abortion in all circumstances, together with rape and incest, throughout an tackle to the Westside Conservative Membership in his dwelling state of Iowa.

“What if we went back through all the family trees and just pulled those people out that were products of rape or incest? Would there be any population of the world left if we did that?” King mentioned in a video of his feedback posted by the Des Moines Register.

“Considering all the wars and all the rape and pillage that’s taken place… I know I can’t certify that I’m not part of a product of that,” he added.

“I’d like to think that every one of the lives of us are as precious as any other life.”

King is a polarizing determine in Congress, with a historical past of constructing racist statements — final 12 months he questioned why the language of white supremacy was offensive.

The newest remarks triggered a bipartisan backlash.

Randy Feenstra, a Republican Iowa state lawmaker who’s difficult King in subsequent 12 months’s social gathering major, mentioned the congressman is merely serving because the Democrats’ “best hope” of retaining management of the US Home.

“Trump needs defenders in Congress, not distractions,” Feenstra mentioned on Twitter.

No fewer than 10 2020 Democratic presidential candidates lashed out at King for his remarks.

“It’s time to unseat this bigot,” tweeted Julian Castro, an Obama-era housing secretary and the one Latino within the presidential race.

“You are a disgrace. Resign,” Senator Kirsten Gillibrand mentioned, additionally on Twitter.

King’s monitor file has made him a pariah in Washington, the place Republican leaders have stripped him of his congressional committee assignments.

(Apart from the headline, this story has not been edited by Internetstaff and is printed from a syndicated feed.)

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