Representing Iowa’s Fifth Congressional District, King may even produce more horrifying statements than better-known colleagues like Michele Bachmann (R-MN) and Allen West (R-FL) combined. He was the sole member of Congress willing to go on record to voice what countless xenophobes across America were likely thinking in 2008: “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?” King asked. “What does it look like to the world of Islam? I will tell you that, if he 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. “
King led the effort to replace the judges who voted to legalize gay marriage in Iowa and is a consistent voice for what he imagines is the most persecuted group in America: straight white males. That’s probably why was one of the few Republicans to voice support for Todd Akin as he echoed many of the statements that got the candidate from Missouri in so much trouble.
What’s the scariest thing about Steve King? He claims that if Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan are elected he’ll have the vice-president’s ear. “Paul listens to me,” King recently said. Which leads us to…
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