Steve King

Politician

Affiliations

King Construction: Founder (1975)

Republican Party: Member

Iowa State Senate: Representative (1997-2003)

United States Congress: Representative of Iowa’s 5th District (2003-2013), Representative of Iowa’s 4th District (2013-Present); Member of Committee on Agriculture, Committee on Small Business, Committee on the Judiciary (due to extremely inflammatory comments, King was recently relieved of these assignments)

Conservative Opportunity Society: Chairman (for full list of caucuses and memberships see steveking.house.gov/about/caucuses-memberships)

Bio

Steve King is a member of the Republican Party, having served on the Iowa State Senate, and is currently congressman for Iowa’s 4th district. Congressman King has a history of supporting far-right politics and of espousing racist and hateful speech. Congressman King opposes abortion, LGBTQ+ rights, stricter firearm regulation, the Affordable Care Act, measures against climate change, immigration, and affirmative action. In recent years, congressman King has been admonished by fellow republicans and conservative media for his racist and white-supremacist comments, although he denies these labels. Additionally, congressman King has supported racial-profiling and is a staunch supporter of strict immigration reform, including President Donald Trump’s proposed “border wall.” Congressman King has appeared on many national news outlets, from Breitbart News to MSNBC.

RECENT ACTIVITY

After an article surfaced on The New York Times about King’s policies and racist rhetoric, King was removed from all Congressional committee assignments and was rebuked by fellow republicans, including Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell, Senator Mitt Romney, and conservative television host, Ben Shapiro. King responded that, “Leader McCarthy’s decision to remove me from committees is a political decision that ignores the truth.” There have been calls for King to resign, but he says he has no plans of doing so. King maintains an active twitter account, and continues to push for anti-immigration policies.

SOURCE: Gabriel, Trip (“Before Trump, Steve King Set the Agenda for the Wall and Anti-Immigrant Politics”, The New York Times)(January 10, 2019), Gabriel, Trip et al. (“Steve King Removed From Committee Assignments Over White Supremacy Remark”, The New York Times)(January 14, 2019), Wise, Justin (“GOP lawmaker: Steve King’s ‘embrace of racism’ has no place in Congress”, The Hill)(January 10, 2019)

Islamophobia

Throughout his political tenure, representative Steve King has espoused deep anti-immigrant sentiments and has promoted American and Western culture as superior.

“This whole white people business, though, does get a little tired. ...I’d ask you to go back through history and figure out where are these contributions that have been made by these other categories of people that you are talking about. Where did any other subgroup of people contribute more to civilization?”

“What I really said was ‘Western civilization’ and when you describe Western civilization that can mean much of Western civilization happens to be Caucasians. But we should not apologize for our culture or our civilization. The contributions that were made by Western civilization itself, and by Americans, by Americans of all races, stand far above the rest of the world. The Western civilization and the American civilization are a superior culture.”

SOURCE: Faulders, Katherina and John Parkinson quoting Steve King (“Rep. Steve King Clarifies Remarks About ‘White People’ Doing More for Civilization”, ABC News)(July 19, 2016)

King said at the “Fighting for Victory Against Radical Islamism” panel at CPAC 2016 that securing the United States’ border would, “secure the demographics of America so we can decide and let the American people determine what America is like in a generation or two or three.”

SOURCE: SPLC (“CPAC 2016: Anti-Muslim Commentary Galore”)(March 4, 2016)

On MSNBC host Chris Hayes’ show, King cited a quote from the conservative conspiracy site “Infowars” about, “an imam in Jerusalem who encouraged Muslim migrants to, ‘go into Western Europe, build your enclaves there, breed their women, and do not associate or assimilate into the broader society.’”

SOURCE: Sarna, Kate (“Ch[r]is Hayes Calls Out Congressman For Repeating A Conspiracy Theory Promoted by Alex Jones’ Infowars”, Media Matters)(December 10, 2015)

King told “National Review Online” in the wake of the Boston Marathon bombings, “If we can’t background-check people that are coming from Saudi Arabia, how do we think we are going to background-check the 11-20 million people that are here from who knows where?

SOURCE: Elias, Marilyn (“Extremists Blame Favorite Bogeyman For Boston Bombings”, SPLC)(April 17, 2013)

In 2017, King tweeted support for Dutch nationalist politician Geert Wilders, known for his anti-Islam views.

“Wilder understands that culture and demographics are our destiny. We can’t restore our civilization with somebody else’s babies.”

SOURCE: BBC (“Steve King tweet backing Geert Wilders sparks social media backlash”)(March 13, 2017), King, Steve on Twitter (March 12, 2017)

King has repeatedly denounced Halal food and the Muslim proscription of pork. In a Breitbart News podcast, he voiced his concern over Somali Muslims who might work at meat-packing plants. Additionally, King criticized a Swedish youth soccer tournament for banning pork from its menu.

“The rationale is that if infidels are eating this pork, they’re [the Muslims] are not eating it. So as long as they’re preparing this pork for infidels, it helps send them to hell and it must make Allah happy. I don’t want people doing my pork that won’t eat it, let alone hope I go to hell for eating pork chops.”

SOURCE: King, Steve on Breitbart News (via Soundcloud)(June 22, 2018)

“I draw the line here and, if need be, will fight for freedom of choice--in our diets. Iowa’s 4th Congressional District is the #1 Pork district in America. No takin’ bacon off our tables--ever! Sweden has capitulated to halal :-(“

SOURCE: King, Steve on Twitter (June 11, 2018)

Steve King has been very critical of former president Barack Obama and other government officials, pushing conspiracy theories about Obama’s origins and proposed ties with “Islamic terrorist” organizations.

On Iowa radio station KICD, King discussed then presidential candidate Barack Obama, saying, “I don’t want to disparage anyone because of their race, their ethnicity, their name--whatever their religion their father might have been. I’ll just say this: when you think about the optics of a Barack Obama potentially getting elected President of the United States--I mean, what does this look like to the rest of the world? What does it look like to the world of Islam? I will tell you that, if [Barack Obama] is elected president, then the radical Islamists, the al-Qaida, the radical Islamists and their supporters, will be dancing in the streets in greater numbers than they did on September 11 because they will declare victory in this War on Terror.”

SOURCE: Mitchell, Russ (“King announced bid for fourth term”, The Spencer Daily Reporter)(March 8, 2008)

“[Obama will] certainly be viewed as a savior for them. That’s why you will see them supporting him, encouraging him.”

SOURCE: The Associated Press (“Rep. King defends comments on Obama”)(2008)

Steve King tweeted a cartoon of former president Obama in a turban, saying, “@NationalPrayerBreakfast POTUS’ ‘Crusader’ speech is now a bigger Jihadi recruiting tool than Gitmo. A long2yrs.”

SOURCE: King, Steve on Twitter (February 9, 2015)

King falsely accused a top Hillary Clinton (then Secretary of State) aid, Huma Abedin, of ties to the Muslim Brotherhood, “The things I am hearing from people doing investigations beyond what we see in the news indicate very strongly to me that her family network, her network, is deeply entrenched in the Muslim Brotherhood. That’s what I see from the news, and that’s what I see from the investigative reports that have not yet been published. And I think it’s a legitimate question that’s been raised, and we ought to examine it.”

SOURCE: Svitek, Patrick (“Steve King Stands By Michele Bachmann Crusade Against Muslim Brotherhood, Huma Abedin”, Huffington Post)(August 24, 2012)

Steve King tweeted about Susan Rice, suggesting she is a terrorist: “#Susan Rice lied 2 American people again (#Bergdahl “taken in battle”) Looks like both sides swapees & negotiators are working for Al Qaeda.”

SOURCE: King, Steve on Twitter (June 3, 2014)