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OpinionSteve King’s Views on Rape Are Inseparable From His Racism

18:32  16 august  2019
18:32  16 august  2019 Source:   nymag.com

Rep. Steve King Says Humanity Wouldn’t Exist Without Rape, Incest

Rep. Steve King Says Humanity Wouldn’t Exist Without Rape, Incest Rep. Steve King defended his position to ban abortions for victims of rape or incest by saying both things have been vital to maintaining the human population. 

Steve King : If Not for Rape or Incest, ‘Would There Be Any Population Left?’ Listening to King ’ s views on abortion, also boosted the opposition party’ s supported for Democratic candidate, J.D. Scholten Go look into his Dem opponent, @JDScholten, and let' s get Steve King OUT OF OFFICE!

Steve King is a racist , a misogynist and a disgrace to the country. According to @SteveKingIA our survival is dependent on rape and incest. I am not sure if he is making an admission but at least we now Steve King must resign. His latest comment is a disgusting attack on victims of sexual assault.

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Steve King’s Views on Rape Are Inseparable From His Racism© Drew Angerer/Getty Images Representative Steve King. Drew Angerer/Getty Images

Steve King believes that rape is essential to human survival. Speaking to members of the Westside Conservative Club in Urbandale, Iowa, on Wednesday, the Republican congressman defended abortion laws that lack exceptions for incest or sexual assault. In his view, such laws are needed because humans would’ve gone extinct had men not raped large numbers of women and impregnated them. “What if we went back through all the family trees and just pulled those people out that were products of rape and incest?” King said, according to the Des Moines Register. “Would there be any population of the world left if we did that? 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.”

Steve King under fire for questioning if humanity would exist without 'rape and incest'

Steve King under fire for questioning if humanity would exist without 'rape and incest' Democrats in Congress and on the 2020 campaign trail said the comments amounted to excusing violence against women and disregarding the victims of rape and incest. GOP leaders, so far, have not commented, though King’s primary challenger was quick to condemn the remarks as “bizarre comments and behavior.” “I am 100% pro-life but Steve King's bizarre comments and behavior diminish our message & damage our cause. Trump needs defenders in Congress, not distractions,” Iowa State Sen. Randy Feenstra wrote on Twitter.

Representative Steve King (R-Iowa) has once again touched off a media firestorm with remarks Within hours, however, King ’ s remarks were national news, with online pundits arguing they were a In January, he was stripped of all his committee assignments after the New York Times cited him as

Steve King told a crowd on Wednesday that humanity may not exist without rape and incest, causing swift condemnation from 2020 Democrats. 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

It’s about as unhinged to suggest that humanity would perish in a rape-free world as to use this claim to force women to endure rape’s consequences — including childbirth — in the year 2019, with no choice, and under threat of criminal punishment. Even so, no outcry from Wednesday’s audience seems to have greeted King’s remarks. But at least one attendee appreciated his explanation for another controversy: The fallout from his racist remarks earlier this year. “I did get a little better understanding of what he went through, in terms of the ‘Never Trumpers’ attack on him and setting him up for condemnation,” said Rick Herron, age 72. “You expect the Democrats to attack him, but not the Never Trumpers — members of his own party.” What King “went through” is this: After years spent advocating for thinly-veiled white nationalism, the congressman openly embraced the label in a New York Times profile. “White nationalist, white supremacist, Western civilization — how did that language become offensive?” he said in January. House Republicans responded by stripping King of his committee assignments, as though his racist views had only become clear in that moment.

2020 Candidates Call on Steve King to Resign Over Rape and Incest Comments: ‘You Are a Disgrace’

2020 Candidates Call on Steve King to Resign Over Rape and Incest Comments: ‘You Are a Disgrace’ Several 2020 presidential candidates are calling on Rep. Steve King (R-IA) to resign following his newly-publicized comments on rape and incest. “What if we went back through all the family trees and just pulled out anyone who was a product of rape or incest?” King said earlier this week at Iowa’s Westside Conservative Club. “Would […]

Steve King is no stranger to controversy. His remarks about race and immigration, as well as his ties to white nationalists across the globe, have essentially made him a persona non grata Even when he' s defending a view many anti-abortion activists hold - that rape and incest exceptions to abortion bans

U. S . Rep. Steve King is defending his call for a ban on all abortions by questioning whether "there would be any population of the world left" if not for births due to rape and incest.Speaking Wednesday before a conservative group in the Des Moines suburb of Urbandale

But even as King faces rebuke from his fellow Republicans at higher rates than ever before, it remains true that his views on abortion are fairly standard for a member of his party. Abortion bans passed this year by GOP-held legislatures in Missouri and Alabama, and signed into law by their Republican governors, contain no exceptions for rape or incest. As my colleague Ed Kilgore noted, this is consistent with the party’s rationale for why these laws are necessary at all: “If you really (a) think a zygote is morally and metaphysically identical to a full-grown human being and entitled to full constitutional rights and (b) are inclined to disregard the wishes and interest of the women involved, then it’s kind of a no-brainer.” Where King illuminates the subject is by framing it as an evolutionary necessity. It’s logical to infer, from his characterization of rape’s importance to humanity’s survivial, that women might not propogate the species if given an actual choice. This would be suspect were it merely an observation. Even in the unlikely event that, at any point, too few women were interested in reproducing to ensure the existence of future generations, the conclusion that humanity would only survive if they were forced is a good argument for letting humanity go extinct. But King also uses this argument to explain why women must bear their rapists’ children today. This understanding of how far their bodily autonomy should extend — that is, as far the desires of men allow it to — is consistent with his racism, and how it shapes his understanding of what makes people valuable to begin with.

The GOP would like Steve King to kindly shut up

The GOP would like Steve King to kindly shut up Analysis: The Iowa congressman's comments on rape and incest threaten to cause bigger problems for a party trying to win back suburban women.

Steve King , R-Iowa, questioned Wednesday if there would " be any population of the world left" had rape or incest not occurred throughout civilization. King was eventually stripped of his committee assignments amid the fallout from his racist remarks, which were far from his first.

Steve King ' s recent comments to The New York Times which were sympathetic to white supremacists. Trump, reprising his racist take on Warren, took aim at her claim to Native American heritage. "If Elizabeth Warren, often referred to by me as Pocahontas, did this commercial from

Simply put, in King’s view, the worth of both women and nonwhite people is measured, in large part, by their utility to what he calls “civilization.” And be believes that the truly civilized are white. King euphemizes this belief by framing it as a celebration of “Western” culture and the ideals over which it purports to hold unique providence — reason, freedom of speech, the principle that an accused person is innocent until proven guilty. That he invokes these mostly to defend his own racism — like his claim that, “For [every Mexican immigrant] who’s a valedictorian, there’s another 100 out there that weigh 130 pounds and they’ve got calves the size of cantaloupes because they’re hauling 75 pounds of marijuana across the desert” — suggests an ulterior motive: asserting the superiority of white people as a means of excluding nonwhite immigrants. The wisdom of this pursuit is self-evident for King. Why let a country made noble and noteworthy by whites get overrun by an inferior race? “I’d ask you to go back through history and figure out where are these contributions that have been made by these other categories of people that you are talking about?” King asked a group of journalists at the Republican National Convention in 2016. “Where did any other subgroup of people contribute more to civilization?” And just as nonwhite people are excludable because they contribute less to civilization, women’s bodily autonomy is negotiable because of what they might contribute to it. White nationalists and supremacists obsess regularly over declining birth rates and being outbred by immigrants — King included. Making childbirth compulsory while stopping the influx of immigrant competition addresses this concern head on.

Cheney on Steve King's rape, incest comments: 'It's time for him to go'

Cheney on Steve King's rape, incest comments: 'It's time for him to go' House Republican Conference Chairwoman Liz Cheney (Wyo.) blasted Rep. Steve King on Wednesday and said it was time for the Iowa Republican "to go" amid uproar over his remarks on rape and incest. © Getty Cheney on Steve King's rape, incest comments: 'It's time for him to go' "Today's comments by @RepSteveKingIA are 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, the No. 3 House Republican, tweeted. Today's comments by @RepSteveKingIA are appalling and bizarre. As I've said before, it's time for him to go.

Republicans Have Tolerated Steve King ’ s Racism for a Long Time. ByEd Kilgore. King ’ s probably justified in feeling betrayed by his old friends, particularly those in Iowa who know him well. So no one paying attention should have had any illusions about King ’ s signature views on his signature

Iowa Rep. Steve King — who recently lost all his House committee assignments amid bipartisan outrage over comments about white supremacy — was back at it “No matter where you live, you know there’ s no place for Steve King ’ s racism , bigotry and hatred in Congress,” O’Rourke tweeted.

And that’s to say nothing of how sexual violence against nonwhite women, perpetrated by white men, has advanced white supremacism. The rape of enslaved black women was a regular a feature of how “Western civilization” gained a foothold and expanded in what became the United States. Which is perhaps a more vivid demonstration than any of the primary impulse fueling the desire to control women’s bodies: The pursuit of power. Laws built on a moral argument against abortion — especially in the case of rape — only stand if the wants, needs, and bodies of the women tasked with carrying life and giving birth don’t matter. For all his deficiencies, King is one of the few Republicans to say so in such blunt terms — even as his remarks to this effect are, for the most part, interpreted as gaffes. The racism and misogyny informing his worldview have always been deeply intertwined. His gift and curse is his inability to pretend they’re anything else.

Defiant Steve King vows to run for reelection 'unless I'm dead'.
Rep. Steve King vowed nothing would keep him from seeking reelection in 2020 as he blamed Republican leaders, Democrats, and the media for the political peril he faces in an otherwise solidly conservative House seat. © Provided by MediaDC: Washington Newspaper Publishing Company, Inc.In an interview with the Washington Examiner following a town hall meeting for constituents in this farming community in the heart of his northwest Iowa congressional district, King reframed his narrow 2018 reelection victory as a triumph over the opposition of turncoat Republican leaders and an energized Left.

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