Steve King, a former congressman from Iowa, stirred global controversy on Tuesday morning with a tweet that compared slavery to abortion.
The criticism Mr King received was reminiscent of how Republicans and Democrats routinely criticised his far-right politics during his final years in the House.
During his final time in the House of Representatives, Mr King lost his committee assignments due to his associations with and defence of white nationalism.
In the tweet, Mr King attempted to equate yardwork with slavery and make the argument that being enslaved was better than being aborted since slaves could observe the sun’s rise and set.
On Juneteenth, Mr King tweeted, “I spent the entire day in the sweltering sun hoeing and picking weeds and wondering about what it would have been like to have been a slave.” I considered what it might be like to be an aborted baby at the end of the day. I was able to witness both the dawn and sunset.
In the conservative northwest of the state, where Mr King represented Iowa in Congress for nearly two decades, there were never any close races. But Mr King eventually paid for his racial remarks and allegiance to white nationalist theories like the Great Replacement hypothesis.
JD Scholton, a Democrat, lost to Mr King by a razor-thin margin in 2018. White nationalist, white supremacist, Western civilization — how did that language become offensive? he questioned in a January 2013 interview with the New York Times. and declared that “white guys are not welcome” in the Democratic Party.
The Republican Steering Committee removed Mr King from all of his committee assignments after the House nearly unanimously rejected his statements.
Representative Randy Feenstra defeated Mr King by roughly 10% in the 2020 Republican primary due to a lack of institutional backing, which is typically always given to incumbents.
Mr King has essentially disappeared from public life since that setback.
In 2018, Mr King narrowly defeated JD Scholton, a Democrat. How did the terms “white nationalist,” “white supremacist,” and “Western culture” come to be offensive? He questioned in an interview with the New York Times in January 2013. and said that the Democratic Party does not embrace “white guys.”
After the House rejected Mr King’s views with almost universal agreement, the Republican Steering Committee relieved him of all committee assignments.
One of Mr King’s first significant engagements in recent months came from his early-morning tweet on Tuesday, which was posted just two days after the July 4th holiday.
He received a largely unfavourable level of participation.
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But if Mr King wanted to use the tweet to draw attention to himself, he was successful.
Given that he is no longer in public office, such attention may be considered a sort of payment. Oliver North, a former president of the National Rifle Association, and Mr King co-founded a publishing house that helped Mr King publish a book last year.