Rep. Steve King’s (R-IA) bizarre remarks last week that rape and incest have been key to the survival of the human race made national headlines and ignited a Twitter firestorm.
The GOP leadership has usually given a pass to King’s frequent racist and xenophobic comments. But this time Liz Cheney (R-WY) tweeted “it’s time for him to go.”
Even President Donald Trump made a vague comment distancing himself from King, according to CNN.
Despite the fact that King was removed from congressional committees in the past, it looked like GOP lawmakers were going to let King’s latest remarks go by again.
But not his Iowa constituents. A Reuters Pictures editor tweeted this picture of King’s Saturday town hall, where only two people showed up.
The scene at Steve King’s town hall today in Grundy Center, Iowa. Photo by Brenna Norman pic.twitter.com/PEtHkmmaFN
— corinne_perkins (@corinne_perkins) August 17, 2019
Presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren also tweeted that King must resign, and called on Iowans to vote for Democrat J.D. Scholten.
Steve King must resign. His latest comment is a disgusting attack on victims of sexual assault. The people of #IA04 deserve better. We must work together to elect @JDScholten in 2020. https://t.co/y5QDB4ToHc
— Elizabeth Warren (@ewarren) August 14, 2019
Kamala Harris tweeted:
— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) August 14, 2019
Scholten wrote on Twitter “Enough is enough — it’s time to retire Steve King”.