|Steve King (R-IA) just saw a black person on Capitol Hill|
Name: Steve King
District: 4th District of Iowa
Tenure: 2003 - 2017, though technically he served the 5th District from 2003-2013, then didn't get the hint when the 5th was abolished and won election to the 4th in 2013.
Major Policy Issues: Healthcare, Agriculture, Immigration, Economy & Federal Spending, Unvarnished Racism
Legislative Accomplishments: Near as I can tell, based on a review of Congress.gov, King's accomplished fuck all in 14 years in Washington other than conclusively proving that he's soulless racist asshole. Maybe you can figure out where I've missed something.
Achievements in Jackassery: King made news this week for retweeting nationalist Dutch politician Geert Wilders, adding his own enlightened commentary.
David Duke quickly endorsed King's viewpoint, saying, "sanity reigns supreme in Iowa's 4th congressional district". By day's end, even Republicans were going on record to say that, "Hey, y'know, maybe that's a littttttle bit racist, bro. And we prefer our racism a bit more subtle." Paul Ryan said that King had maybe misspoken, but King clarified that he meant exactly what he said. It's refreshing, I guess, that racists are cool with coming out of the closet. Means we can see them coming.
So America got woke to Steve King's gross worldview this week, but this dude's been a fucking asshole for a long time.
He's compared immigrants to dogs, and suggested that America select them as if we were choosing the pick of the litter.
Predictably, he made an issue of Barack Obama's middle name during the 2008 Presidential campaign.
In 2010, he took to the floor of the House and insisted that racial profiling was an important part of police procedure.
He was one of 11 Representatives to vote against providing Federal aid to Louisiana in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. Because, blacks, I'm guessing.
I could go on. I won't because I'm becoming even more disgusted than I was when I picked up this pen* and started writing.
Fuck Steve King, and fuck a party that countenances people like him.