Mom Blasts “Vile” Steve King For Using Meme of her Son

Steve King, the controversial congressman from Iowa, has essentially been left behind by the Republican party. He is still popular, however, in Iowa’s 5th congressional district. And King is still raising funds for his 2020 re-election campaign.

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The Iowa congressman is appealing to his donors by using a meme commonly known as “success kid.” The mother of the child featured in the ad, Laney Griner, has issued a cease-and-desist asking that the “vile” King stop using her son in ads.

Griner posted a series of tweets about the issue, the first reading, “I recently learned that Iowa Representative Steve King is using my copyrighted photograph of my minor son Samuel known as ‘Success Kid’ to raise money in a “Fund our Memes” online campaign, also implying that he has some kind of ownership in it.”

The mother continued:

“Representative King and his campaign staff appropriated ‘Success Kid’ without my permission. ‘Success Kid’s’ is about positivity and celebrates achievement. Neither I, my son, nor “Success Kid” have any affiliation with Representative King, nor would we have ever agreed to this use. I do not endorse Representative King and, like most people, I strongly disagree with his views. Representative King should remove “Success Kid” from his webpages immediately, issue a statement to acknowledge that the image was taken without our permission and endorsement, and refund the money his campaign received from misusing ‘Success Kid’.”

King has yet to respond to the Griner family’s request. The congressman barely scraped by in his 2018 re-election bid, defeating opponent J.D. Scholten by about 10,000 votes.

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