White Nationalist GOP Rep. Steve King Loses in Republican Primary
Steve King and his comments on race have long been a bit much, even for the GOP. Prior to his 2018 election, NRCC Chairman Steve Stivers said of the Iowa lawmaker, “We must stand up against white supremacy and hate in all forms, and I strongly condemn this behavior.”
King was still able to win that election in 2018, narrowly defeating Democrat nominee J.D. Scholten. In 2020, the congressman won’t even have the chance to defend his seat as he was defeated in the Republican Primary Tuesday night by Randy Feenstra.
The soon to be former Iowa representatives most infamous moment came during a 2019 interview with the New York Times. King asked, “White nationalist, white supremacist, Western civilization — how did that language become offensive? Why did I sit in classes teaching me about the merits of our history and our civilization?”
This is the only good news I’ve heard in a while. Rep. Steve King is and was a disgrace. Bye. https://t.co/EFkeKpHkl8
— Preet Bharara (@PreetBharara) June 3, 2020
Following these comments, House Republican leadership removed King from his assignments. He had previously served on the Agriculture and Judiciary Committees.
King said that his loss was the result of, “an effort to push out the strongest voice for full-spectrum constitutional, Christian conservatism.”
Feenstra took to his Twitter to write, “I am truly humbled. Thank you to each and every person who supported us on this journey against all odds. You delivered. But tomorrow, it’s back to work.”
— Randy Feenstra (@RandyFeenstra) June 3, 2020
Scholten will again be the Democratic nominee running in Iowa’s 4th district. The seat, set in deep red Iowa, has long been a Republican stronghold and Feenstra will be seen as a heavy favorite.