Election 2020

Nativist Congressman Steve King Loses Republican Primary

Good riddance to the racist, anti-immigrant congressman from Iowa.


Voters appear to have ended the 20-year congressional career of Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa), who is best known for his rabidly anti-immigrant and nativist views.

King was soundly defeated in the Republican primary for Iowa's 4th congressional district, which he has represented since 2003. With 95 percent of precincts reporting at 11 p.m. local time, King was trailing state Sen. Randy Feenstra by more than 9 percentage points in a five-way race.

It is fitting that King's political career will effectively come to an end in a week marked by nationwide protests against racial discrimination by law enforcement. King has a long history of making what Vanity Fair once called "barely veiled" statements in support of white nationalism. He has suggested that black Americans would be more easily able to afford abortions if they stopped buying iPhones, and for years he displayed a Confederate flag in his congressional office—which doesn't even make historical sense, since Iowa did not join the confederacy.

His history of comments about immigrants is at least as appalling. While discussing what he saw as the need for an electrified border fence 2006, King compared illegal immigrants to livestock. King has always maintained that he only opposes illegal immigration, but any honest accounting of his time in public office—including remarks like "we can't restore our civilization with somebody else's babies" and "immigrants are importing a different culture, a different civilization, and that culture and civilization, the imported one, rejects the host's culture"—would strongly suggest otherwise.

The last straw for many Republicans may have come in 2019, when King wondered aloud during a 2019 interview with The New York Times: "white nationalist, white supremacist, Western civilization—how did that language become offensive?" He claimed the Times had misquoted him, but no one really bought it. His congressional colleagues officially rebuked him on the House floor, and Republican leaders stripped King of his committee assignments. He had trouble raising money in this election cycle, and deep-pocketed groups like the U.S. Chamber of Commerce backed Feenstra's bid to unseat him.

Good riddance. King's anti-immigrant politics and ethno-nationalist ideas may have presaged the Republican Party's Trump Era, but they should have no place in American politics.

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  1. I thought he’d never lose. Musta really pissed off the voters for an incumbent to lose.

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  3. I hope his replacement is even more ‘nativist’. So it gives Boehm a conniption. Which is fitting, as Boehm is working to give Shitty Shikha a run for her money as the biggest cunt writing for Reason.

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      2. Learn reading comprehension. The question is who is the bigger cunt. Which would be you.

    2. King’s loss is bad news for you Trumper Trash who sing from the same write trash hymnal. Doesn’t look good for the Con Man in November.

      1. King’s loss is bad news for you Trumper Trash

        How is it for you kiddie porn masturbators?

      2. If only he wore blackface, eh? Then he’d be OK.

      3. Not necessarily. I know nothing of Feenstra. Who isn’t saddled with Kong’s baggage from gaffes. He may be better for all I know.

      4. Considering it was the Trump supporting Republicans who stripped him of his committee assignments, marginalized him, and stripped him of party support, your opinion is a ridiculous stretch.

        Then again, you’re a pedophile, so you are by definition a pathological liar and sociopath.

    3. Supporting racist congressmen to troll the libs. Never change, dude.

      1. Any thoughts on Omar? Dems seem cool with her and she’s rather bigoted.

        1. Oh, the same sentiment goes for her as well. Like King, she’s a partisan caricature come to life, and I’ll be just as happy when she’s kicked out of office. Not that I expect that to happen anytime soon, unfortunately.

  4. Well, that’s one racist dumbass down.

    Now it’s time to get rid of the racist dumbass-in-chief.

  5. “He claimed the Times had misquoted him, but no one really bought it.”

    Because the Times is such a credible source?

    Everyone talks about the cops having body cams during confrontations with suspects – why (speaking of iphones) can’t reporters have audio of their interviews and put that audio on their sites? And just like a bodycam being off would be a sign that the cop’s account should be received with a grain of salt, in like manner a reporter who quotes someone but doesn’t have the audio of the quote shouldn’t get the benefit of the doubt.

    And your link to the article by a supporter of subsidizing abortion…it seems Rep. King said that black lives matter in the womb.

  6. this is hands down the worst written piece I have read on reason… and there have been some doozies. Not one original full quote or even the attempt at context?

    I expect better, reason is not for simpletons and for grandiose marginalization of people and their beliefs… we like the nuance here, try it, you might like it.

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  8. //[I]mmigrants are importing a different culture, a different civilization, and that culture and civilization, the imported one, rejects the host’s culture”//

    Are you saying this doesn’t happen? How is this wrong?

  9. One Congress POS down, about 500 more to go.

  10. Eh, someone just as bad, if not worse, will be along to take his place shortly.

    1. His replacement may still be a piece of shit, but it would be hard to be worse. This may actually be the rare instance where there’s no where to go but up. It’s actually good from the party’s perspective that he lost in the primary so they can still get the seat.

  11. King lacked the courage to name the most obviously pernicious minority to arrive on these shores. The have “assimilated” all to well. They are very intelligent, and climb to the heights of power and prestige in society. They use their intelligence to keep Americans divided. Studies show they have the highest self esteem for themselves and the lowest esteem for others. In NYC they comprise 95% of slumlords. They train our police in the brutal tactics we see displayed. They have a 4000 year old reputation written about by virtually every statesman, philosopher and theologian. Even Mark Twain felt the need to write a book about them. Their religion is a cesspool of separatism and hate for Christians and anyone who is not of their tribe. Yet like their god, no one can say their name without being stoned.

    1. Can you say “thinly veiled” boys and girls?

    2. That was the least funny Polish joke I’ve ever heard. I’ll lighten it up.

      Q: Why do Polish names end in “ski” ? A: Because they can’t spell tobbagan

    3. Yo! Are you bagging on our Fellow White People again?

    4. “Even Mark Twain felt the need to write a book about them.”

      You mean this one?


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