Iowa lawmakers react to Rep. Steve King’s controversial comments

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Representative Steve King continues to face backlash over comments he made last weekend, even members of his own party are speaking out against him. 

“There are only three members of Congress that have no committee assignments, there’s now King and there are two other members who are under indictment for criminal activity,” said Craig Robinson, a Republican strategist. 

Congressman Steve King’s fall from the top of the Republican party has been profound. 

“I really enjoyed King over the years, and I think over the last several years, things have sort of turned and changed a little bit and that’s really shown in the electoral process and in the numbers of votes that he’s had,” said Iowa State Senator Randy Feenstra. 

After a New York Times article came out over the weekend, King has been defending himself as an American nationalist. Now, King is not taking questions from reporters. His former supporters are turning on him. 

“I rebuked him heavily, with these latest, absolutely disgusting comments. Those cannot continue and we cannot be a nation divided,” said Senator Joni Ernst. 

In November, King had a run in with a protester in Des Moines. That protester accusing King of sharing the same ideology. 

King isn’t just facing challenges in Washington, D.C., but back here in Iowa, too. 

Just a week ago, King learned he’d have a Republican challenge for the Fourth District in 2020.

“I just think it’s time, we just need a fresh face, someone who’s very positive,” said Feenstra. 

State leaders in King’s own district are frustrated by his latest comments. 

“I do admire anybody who has been in public service, but his comments make me deeply concerned and the actions that were taken are warranted,” said Iowa State Senator Annette Sweeney. 

It’s a problem Sen. Feenstra says must be addressed as soon as possible. 

“If or when King steps aside, we need someone that can take over that follows the true values of the fourth district, but can also be effective when given a seat at the table,” said Feenstra. 

King has not given any indication if he will resign from his congressional post.

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