Good News: “Racist” Congressman Steve King Maintains Support Among Constituents

As this post was being put together, I noticed that a story on Breitbart written by immigration hawk Tom Tancredo claims that Steve King is being targeted for character assassination by the (((left.)))

The following story from King’s local paper explains how he maintains popularity with his people in spite of the effort to destroy him.

Times-Republican

Outside his rural congressional district stretching over 39 Iowa counties, conservative U.S. Rep. Steve King’s stream of inflammatory comments generate outrage and condemnation, but back home they rate little more than a shrug.

“That’s just Steve being Steve,” was how Tom Reiter put it, looking into a mirror while getting his hair cut Thursday in Carroll. “He doesn’t pull any punches.”

It’s been that way since King, a former construction company owner and state legislator, was elected to Congress in 2002. It’s still true, days after King tweeted his support for a far-right Dutch politician who opposes immigration and added, “We can’t restore our civilization with somebody else’s babies.” Later in a radio interview, King responded to a question about changing demographics that could mean whites will no longer make up a U.S. majority by predicting, “Hispanics and the blacks will be fighting each other before that happens.”

If Iowans love Steve King, then I love Iowa.

King’s comments prompted House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi to call for Republican leaders to condemn what she called “vile racism,” and House Speaker Paul Ryan told Fox News he disagreed with King about “somebody else’s babies.” The White House also distanced itself from King’s comments.

In the 4th Congressional District, dotted with small towns and some of the world’s most valuable farmland, King remains popular, typically winning 60 percent or more of the vote with reliable support even from those who feel uneasy about some of his statements. The comments have included opposition to placing an image of black anti-slavery activist Harriet Tubman on the $20 bill, comments about immigrant children having “calves the size of cantaloupes” because of carrying marijuana across the border and support for fortifying a border wall by placing an electric wire on top.

Although the Hispanic population is growing in cities such as Storm Lake with large meat processing plants, the district remains overwhelmingly white and deeply conservative, with about 70,000 more Republicans than Democrats. It backed Trump in the 2016 election by nearly 2 to 1, with some counties giving the Republican six times more votes than Democrat Hillary Clinton.

Many voters credit King for a willingness to speak his mind despite criticism. “He’s honestly saying what he believes,” said Pat Luther, a retired teacher who joined her husband for coffee and a frosted doughnut Thursday at Bunkers Dunkers Bakery in Jefferson.

Her husband, Dave Luther, nodded and added, “Political correctness makes me tired.”

The couple have lived most of their lives in Jefferson, a city of 4,200 on the southern edge of the district, and acknowledged some of King’s comments “make you cringe.”

But Dave Luther, a Republican and retired insurance agent, said he believes King doesn’t mean to be offensive.

“He’s just concerned about immigration and how our country is changing,” he said.

Although the entire district favors Republicans, apart from Ames, home to Iowa State University, it gets more conservative heading north and west.

Heading west to Carroll, hair stylist Amy Riddle agrees with customer Reiter that in a conservative district, voters are willing to overlook statements from a congressman they trust, and agree with on issues. “If you know the character of a person, you’re able to give him a little grace,” she said.

Don Kass, the chairman of the Republican Party in Plymouth County, said he sometimes wishes King wouldn’t “feed the liberal bears,” but adds that most criticism comes from people outside the district.

Since they agree with King on the issues, Gwen Ecklund, a Republican Party leader in Crawford County, said voters don’t worry about his comments.

“I think there’s a skepticism among the voters regarding Washington and the media and because of that, the voters may not seem to take it as seriously as others do,” she said.

Not everyone supports King, though it’s hard to find someone who thinks voters will reject the congressman.

One who holds out hope is Democrat Kim Weaver, who ran against King in 2016. She lost in 38 of 39 counties but expressed optimism as she edges toward another run next year.

“Maybe it’s just that I’m naive, but I don’t believe the people in northwest Iowa are horrible racist bigots, not aware of what’s going on,” said Weaver, who works as an advocate for seniors in care centers.

Weaver said King’s recent comments prompted a flood of donations from inside and outside the district to an exploratory committee she has established. “People are starting to realize, this guy really means this stuff,” she said.

Libertarian Dale Gentry, a retired teacher from Rockwell City who owns an auto restoration business just off the 2,100-person city’s town square, is no fan of the congressman, saying, “Steve doesn’t plug his mind in before his mouth takes off.”

But Gentry doesn’t have a lot of faith in the two political parties, which he says cater to a left and right fringe.

“That’s not the way it should be,” he said. “We’ve lost the middle-of-the-road guys.”

7 thoughts on “Good News: “Racist” Congressman Steve King Maintains Support Among Constituents

  1. The Multicult Emperor has no clothes. Steve King is the boy who said so out loud.

    The above article is an attempted character assassination of King. Not one person was found who agreed with what King said. This is a massive lie. Most of his voters would agree with what he said 100%, and then some.

    “acknowledged some of King’s comments “make you cringe.”
    Note that the voter “acknowledged” rather than stated. Thus, he agreed with the vile spew of the (((journalist))) who said “Do some of Kings statements make you cringe”.
    “Well maybe one or two, but I agree with most everything of what he says”.

    I read all of Mein Kampf and did not cringe at a single sentence. Who cringes these days? Wimps and cucks. Hand wringing liberal whites.

    The simple fact is that perhaps most of his voters are to the right of what King actually said. But they are afraid to say so to a (((journalist))) who works for the (((real bosses and owners))) of the USA. They know the USA is a police State with years, or decades, in jail waiting for any “extremist”. So their real feelings and thoughts are expressed in the ballot box – not out loud where all must whisper as in the Soviet Union. Anyone can be denounced these days and lose their job, maybe lose everything. Doxxed or doxxing.

  2. The problem with King’s supporters is rather than agreeing with him, they casually brush his comments off, but there’s no doubt he’s serious, trying to send them and all Whites a message, the most important messages they will ever receive.

  3. Trump has been saying during his rallies, the one today in Kentucky, too, “We are all one under one flag, black, White, we all bleed red, all created by one God.” The huge 99.9% White crowd cheers uproariously as they did at all of his other rallies!

    I know he says that to pull the country together, but what the heck….cheering for “we are all one, black and White,” ….and Whites cheer!?!? I’d like to see them stay silent…he’d get the message, but, most Whites in this country are STUPID!!!!!!!!!!!

  4. Perhaps, King’s supporters do agree with him, but afraid to say anything to a reporter. Good Heavens! The media would swoop down on their lawns, cameras in tow, calling them racist, the most vile word in the dictionary.

    But, if that’s the case, it’s not with those who attend Trump rallies.

  5. For those who are unaware, Iowa was once a white-topia. I found out this fact when I was an OTR truck-driver in the 90’s and frequented the state on the job. The douche-nozzles in Chicago tore down the huge Chicago negro housing-projects and thousands of the sh*t-apes were resettled in Iowa (kind of like our gov’t, quietly and without publicity, resettling Somalians and other colored apes in small, out of the way places around the U.S.). Of course, the result was predictable: negro crime, chaos, mayhem. If I could read Rep. King’s mind, I would submit that he is well familiar with the sh*t-beasts.

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