We already know Steve King as being just about the most terrible human being in the United States Congress. Apologizing for people who crash planes into buildings, wants to legalize dog fights, etc. etc.
But this just another dimension of stupid.
Rep. Steve King, one of the most staunchly conservative members of the House, was one of the few Republicans who did not strongly condemn Rep. Todd Akin Monday for his remarks regarding pregnancy and rape. King also signaled why — he might agree with parts of Akin’s assertion.Want to know why the smarter members of the Republican party have been so eager to get Akin out of the race? Because they know that dumb shit is contagious within the GOP.
King told an Iowa reporter he’s never heard of a child getting pregnant from statutory rape or incest.
“Well I just haven’t heard of that being a circumstance that’s been brought to me in any personal way,” King told KMEG-TV Monday, “and I’d be open to discussion about that subject matter.”
A Democratic source flagged King’s praise of Akin in the KMEG interview to TPM. But potentially more controversial for King is his suggestion that pregnancies from statutory rape or incest don’t exist or happen rarely. A 1996 review by the Guttmacher Institute found “at least half of all babies born to minor women are fathered by adult men.”
10:08 AM PT: Please make Washington D.C. a cleaner, more beautiful city by making Congressman Steve King Ex-Congressman Steve King.
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11:32 AM PT: We're left to wonder. Will the Republican party give Steve King the Todd Akin treatment, pull any and all establishment support, and encourage him to get out of the race? Given that this is merely the latest horrifically awful thing Steve King has had to say, I'm inclined to think not.