According to The Washington Post, Representative Steve King (R-Iowa) says that he deserves an apology from the media and Republican leaders following his comments on rape and incest. King says he was misquoted by the Associated Press and the Des Moines Register.
“Iowans are significantly more positive than they are negative, and they know it’s a misquote, and they know that the AP has, I’ll say, retracted the quote that they initially used because they relied on the Des Moines Register, who did the same,” King said.
“And so, when we have a national, viral attack that comes out on a misquote, and it’s absolutely proven, all the folks that did that attack, I think they owe me an apology, including my own leadership,” he continued.
Although the Des Moines Register did run an incorrect quote, which it later corrected, the quote about rape and incest was accurately reported.
“What if we went back through all the family trees and just pulled those people out that were products of rape and incest? Would there be any population of the world left if we did that?” King said. “Considering all the wars and all the rape and pillage that’s taken place, and whatever happened to culture after society, I know that I can’t certify that I’m not part of a product of that.”
Also in this year, King’s committee assignments were taken away from him when, in an interview with the New York Times, he asked how “white nationalism” and “white supremacy” had become offensive.
King’s comments on rape and incest drew criticism from House Republican leaders and Democrats and Republicans alike in Iowa’s 4th District.
Last week, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) said he had “a great deal of problems” with the comments. “This isn’t the first time I’ve had concerns of what Steve King has said. Earlier in this Congress, there are things that Steve King said that I do not believe the party of Lincoln would stand for. And as a united conference, we actually removed Steve King from his committees inside Congress. And I think this just continues to show why that action was taken.”
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