Steve King Still Spouting Off, But No One Seems To Care

By Elizabeth Meyer

July 31, 2020

Congressman Steve King’s social media commentary used to provide fodder for the news media eager to be the first to write about his latest outlandish remark. That is, until he became a lame-duck representative.

Since King lost Iowa’s Republican primary in June to state Sen. Randy Feenstra, his remarks on social media have garnered far less attention than they used to. His campaign Facebook page has not produced content since the video posted on the night of King’s defeat. His official Facebook page has posted six times since June 2 about Rep. Liz Cheney not being supportive enough of President Trump, USMCA, Juneteenth, “open-borders schemes” led by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and Renewable Fuel Standard waivers.

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He has been active on Twitter, however, crafting and retweeting more than a dozen tweets in July related to the Confederacy, the confederate flag and slavery.

Among those were specific attacks on Sen. Joni Ernst, with one seeming to compare her to Neville Chamberlain for not being tough enough in King’s eyes on Black Lives Matter. Typically, an intra-party rhetorical missile like that would grab headlines and lead to push-back or support from other members of the Republican Party. Instead, it does not appear that a single news article was written about it.

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King has also often railed against the Black Lives Matter movement, protests in Portland, removing statues of some historic Americans and how “House Leadership is undermining the most pro-@realdonaldtrump members in Congress.”

In Congress, King did not vote on Monday on legislation to establish a federal commission to study the impact of systemic racism on black men and boys — a priority of the Congressional Black Caucus that also has passed the Republican-controlled Senate. And last week he joined his fellow House Republicans in voting against a bill requiring Confederate statutes be removed from the U.S. Capitol.

Federal Election Commission filings show, despite his loss, seven people still have contributed to his general election campaign since June 2, including a $2,800 donation.


By Elizabeth Meyer
Posted 7/30/20

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