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Steve King Slams NRCC for Supporting Gay Candidate, Hopes Kagan and Sotomayor 'Elope to Cuba'

The Iowa Republican is dialing up the anti-gay rhetoric.

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Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call/Newscom

Rep. Steve King (R–Iowa) dialed up the anti-gay rhetoric in the lead-up to Election Day, where he's facing a competitive challenger in Democrat J.D. Scholten.

King managed to both slam the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) for once supporting a homosexual candidate, as well as suggest that two female Supreme Court justices should "elope to Cuba."

Andrew Bates, the communications director for a liberal super PAC called American Bridge, posted a video to Twitter yesterday of King's NRCC comments. "[The NRCC] sent money over to support a candidate in a primary in California who…had a same-sex partner that they put all over glossy mailers. I don't know if they were holding hands, or what was the deal," King said:

It wasn't clear which candidate King was referring to. But as HuffPost points out, the NRCC supported the gay former San Diego Councilman Carl DeMaio in his unsuccessful 2014 House run.

It's not a total surprise that King isn't a big fan of the NRCC right now. Rep. Steve Stivers (R–Ohio), who chairs the House Republican campaign arm, criticized King last week over some of his recent controversial comments on race. According to Roll Call, Stivers' criticism was a sign the NRCC wouldn't be spending additional money to help King beat Scholten.

King also joked yesterday that Supreme Court Justices Elena Kagan and Sonia Sotomayor should "elope to Cuba" after the midterms, according to The Weekly Standard's Adam Rubenstein. The exact context of that remark wasn't apparent, though he seemed to be discussing his hopes for a more solidly conservative Supreme Court majority.

Characterizing his two comments as insensitive is probably the kindest way to describe what King said. But don't forget that in addition to being anti-gay, King is a nativist who seems to generally dislike immigration, particularly the illegal kind. He also seems to have a knack for supporting white supremacists. Inflammatory rhetoric appears to be King's calling card.

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  1. …looks around for the large contingent Steve King supporters in the H&R Commentariat…

    Steve King only represents a GOP “trend” in the mind of those who want to believe that.

    1. Re: MP,

      Steve King only represents a GOP “trend” in the mind of those who want to believe that.

      MP has been living under a rock since “Mexican rapists are coming for you”.

      1. “Hopes Kagan and Sotomayor ‘elope to Cuba'”

        #metoo

      2. You mean he’s not Steve King? He’s actually STEVE KING?

    2. “…looks around for the large contingent Steve King supporters in the H&R Commentariat…”

      Kinda read my mind.

    3. Did someone claim he represents a trend?

      Seems to me he is one of the few remaining resisting the trend of not being anti-gay bigots that does seem to be taking hold in the GOP.

      1. ITA, you have the NRCC supporting a gay candidate, and a Republican Rep. criticizing King over controversial comments on race. Yet the GOP is still the bigoted anti-gay party.

        dialed up the anti-gay rhetoric

        I was expecting “God hates fags!!!”

        … then I watched the video and yawned.

    4. Steve King only represents a GOP “trend” in the mind of those who want to believe that.

      Steve King is campaign chair for the Republican candidate for governor of Iowa.

      Other than that, great comment, you uninformed, bigoted right-wing rube.

  2. It’s hard to believe that people are allowed to say these kinds of things in 2018. It’s because Donald Trump is president. If Hillary Clinton were president, she’d sic the FBI on his ass for sure . . .

    Shutting down speech, that’s what being a liberal is all about!

    1. That’s quite a declaration considering it describes a scenario you made up out of thin air.

      1. Wait, so his hypothetical might not be real and rhetoric like this would take place whether Trump was President or not?

        I never thought I’d hear you advocate such a position, Tony. Color me shocked.

        1. Also, is the idea that the left thinks the First Amendment doesn’t protect hate speech something I made up out of thin air, too?

          1. It’s complicated.

        2. Tony is pretty consistently good about speech stuff.

          1. You’re an idiot.

    2. To be sure I’m very concerned about all the concern that is being expressed over this ongoing concern.

      Chin tugging to follow.

      1. With the totally hot idea of Kagan and Sotomayor getting married in Cuba, I’m sure chins aren’t the only things that are going to be tugged around here.

  3. He also seems to have a knack for supporting white supremacists.

    Not all Republicans are racist but all racists are Republican.

    1. Leftists and progressives are so obsessed with racism because it thrives the most in their own midst:

      Bernie Sanders’ Own Black Press Secretary Was Profiled and Stereotyped By His Staff, Event Hosts

      Quote:
      There were multiple instances. There were places where I literally I couldn’t get in. I would go to the door, the staff entrance, and people would say, “This is staff only.” I’d have to explain to them that I was staff, and they would question me. I would have to say, “I’m the national press secretary. Did you watch me on the news the other day?”

    2. Leftists and progressives are so obsessed with racism because it thrives the most in their own midst:

      Bernie Sanders’ Own Black Press Secretary Was Profiled and Stereotyped By His Staff, Event Hosts

      Quote:
      There were multiple instances. There were places where I literally I couldn’t get in. I would go to the door, the staff entrance, and people would say, “This is staff only.” I’d have to explain to them that I was staff, and they would question me. I would have to say, “I’m the national press secretary. Did you watch me on the news the other day?”

      1. Well, in fairness, they do all kinda look alike…

    3. Former Democratic President Bill Clinton on why affirmative action is needed:


      Otherwise, he added, “there are universities in California that could fill their entire freshman classes with nothing but Asian Americans.”

      Source:
      Asian-American state senators block proposal to reintroduce race preferences in California

    4. Turd, why do you lie so transparently?

      “Do you support affirmative action programs?”
      55% of Ds answer “yes”
      https://www.isidewith.com/
      poll/3507504/962370\

      Scumbag…

    5. Sarah Palin’s Buttplug|11.6.18 @ 10:32AM|#
      “He also seems to have a knack for supporting white supremacists.”

      Not all Republicans are racist but all racists are Republican.

      Except for the Nazis which were/are Lefty Socialists, KKK which are Democrats, etc

    6. Bravo!

      /slow clap.

      Bravo!

      The Great Classical Liberal rationalist for all to appreciate!

  4. Still not as stinky a turd as Rep. Peter King.

    1. Peter King is truly awful.

      1. In the scheme of things, one needs to remember that the Dems have Maxine Waters, so it seems balanced that there is a Steve King on the GOP side.

        1. Rotting fish heads do not balance out the smell of burnt hair.

  5. That’s hard to write a check to those guys when they do that.

    Rock hard.

  6. His taste of lesbian fantasies aside, how is this worthy of a post? The man from Iowa has retrograde ideas that aren’t uncommon for his generation and you routinely attack project veritas(mostly rightly) for videos cut in this manner. Also which white supremacists does he support? Your link is very unspecific:

    Iowa Republican Rep. Steve King is keeping a low profile in the closing days of a re-election campaign that has suddenly turned competitive.

    King has been engulfed in controversy for his past support of white supremacist groups and leaders in light of Saturday’s massacre at a Pittsburgh synagogue.

    King has announced no public campaign events and is sticking to a light schedule.

  7. How is this guy still around. And what’s with his eyes? Those are some racist eyes.

    1. No one knows what it’s like,
      To be a mad man,
      A dying fad man,
      With racist eyes.

    2. Tony knows racist eyes.

      Its the only facial features people can see of Tony when he is dressed in his KKK outfit.

  8. He should join the Democrat Party. Then he could say whatever he wants.

  9. The Kagan-Sotomayor comment actually was funny I have to admit. Shouldn’t a buffoon, qua buffoon, actually make us laugh from time to time? Give the man that.

    1. Kind of homophobic and disrespectful.

      1. It’s supposed to be disrespectful. From anyone else I would not think even think it was homophobic. Joking about two “peas in a pod” being gay lovers is very routine nowadays, and rarely taken to have anything to do with homosexuality. Shows how much our culture has changed. It’s almost safer to joke about two straight people being gay lovers than it is two straight people of the opposite sex being lovers; the former’s absurdity keeps it more abstract, whereas the latter seems more vulgar because of its lesser absurdity and greater closeness to realism. The Trump-Putin memes have often been funny too, even if I don’t like their politics. I like that one that looks like a cologne ad.

        1. Reason did bit on two straight SOCTUS justices almost getting married.

          Its all fair in politics. Lefties like Tony are just butthurt because they are losing.

        2. Hell, if anything it sounds like he may be coming around on gay marriage, at least in this one specific instance. /sarc

          1. Does Steve King judge your fantasies? Don’t be a dick.

  10. That’s it?
    That’s all he said?
    Jesus fucking christ Reason, how long will it before you disappear up your own assholes?

    1. We have multiple congressional/governor candidates advocating for socialism, a Senator from New Jersey who should be in jail and other retarded candidates who are advocating for more war. Yet this vaguely homophobic comment is the type of news they decide to run with on election day.

      1. Amen.

        The country would be so much better off if the robust, wise Latina eloped with the ghoulish Hebress to Havana.

        1. Alright now I’m really starting to feel guilty about the shit I am laughing at.

          1. The notorious one would make a good December 31 bride.

            1. If I were a bigoted right-winger, I guess I’d be trying to look for anything that might brighten my spirits against the background of getting wiped out in the culture war.

              Keep laughing, clingers. Maybe grab a handful of street pills to swallow later, too, in an attempt to get through another desolate day in America’s backwaters.

      2. Its the South Park Chewbacca play.

        Distract the opposition and rally the troops propaganda that Reason has been printing for years.

        1. Being a point of view based publication, of course they publish propaganda. Propaganda isn’t necessarily false or misleading.

          1. Reason’s is.

  11. So… is it ok to vote in that district?

  12. This is a pretty weak article.

  13. Looks like someone is making a play for the Muslim vote.

  14. So King objects to homosexuality. Reason disagrees and that is their right. But, doesn’t King also have a right to disagree?

    I will remember this post the next time someone claims Reason doesn’t support forcing everyone to accept homosexuality.

    1. I don’t follow Steve King, but I’m seeing Jews endorse his opponent who are the furthest thing from RINOs or TDS sufferers. I know you literally can trust almost nothing the media says at this point about someone being a racist, but I think this guy really does creep them out something fierce, especially after the Faith Goldy endorsement. I’m convinced, certainly by this last part.

      That said there is nothing particularly shocking about anything in this article; it’s just weird.

    2. Gosh! I will remember this comment and use it against you 15 years from now, John… when you least expect it. So expect it! 😉

      In all seriousness, one thing I like about Libertarians, is that generally, they don’t give a damn if someone is gay, straight, trans, cis, black, white, mixed, foreign, rich, poor, or someone who keenly worships wearing nothing but goat hair leggings, so long as our governments don’t force us to give damn about these things with unnecessary laws.

      1. In all seriousness, one thing I like about Libertarians, is that generally, they don’t give a damn if someone is gay, straight, trans, cis, black, white, mixed, foreign, rich, poor, or someone who keenly worships wearing nothing but goat hair leggings,

        This is one of the best ways to distinguish a libertarian from a conservative.

    3. Homosexuality will be there whether idiots accept it or not. And forcing an idiot to “accept” homosexuality is impossible, but it is possible to vote them out, or not vote them in, simply because they are idiots.

      And yes, people who have the need to comment on others?romantic and sexual relationships and make moral judgments out of it, even though the relationships are consensual and free from dishonesty towars another person, are idiots. by default.

      1. are idiots

        Or assholes.

    4. Where is the part where they want to force anyone to do anything? Trying to convince people not to vote for someone is not force.

      1. Unless, Zeb, said convincing is done by Russian bots on social media. All of us are absolutely helpless against these…

  15. The Iowa Republican is dialing up the anti-gay rhetoric.

    Why not? Gay groups have stepped up rhetoric against straight people.

    Its politics baby!

    Dont play the game if you cannot handle the heat.

  16. Gee, I wonder if Setyon is a butt pirate (eyeball roll).

    Welch sure seems to have a pretty sharp eye for the gay boys.

    1. What has Welch said?

      1. Come on, man, you should know that what people actually say has very little to do with Mike’s opinions of them.

    2. Mikey, when are you gonna admit the truth to yourself? You secretly want to pull the D lever.

      1. You secretly want to pull the D lever.

        That was beautiful.

  17. Never trust a politician named King.

  18. But Sotomayor has been a pleasant surprise, no?

    Elope. Lol.

  19. But Sotomayor has been a pleasant surprise, no?

    Elope. Lol.

  20. But Sotomayor has been a pleasant surprise, no?

    Elope. Lol.

    1. Yes, there are some things she is not too bad on. Like 4th amendment stuff.

  21. Wow.

  22. How is that anti-Gay. He’s wishing them a happy honeymoon in a their preferred socialist paradise. Hell, he’d probably bake them a cake.

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