Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, told attendees at the Family Leadership Summit in Ames, Iowa to “go ahead and defy” the IRS.
The unapologetic conservative, among the first in Congress to stand against Obamacare, told those gathered on Saturday:
“When we lean across our backyard fence, or when you step up to the pulpit or when you sit in the pew, when you profess the things that we believe in, and you’re a 501(c)3 and you’re afraid of the IRS, just go ahead and defy the IRS on that.”
“I’ll stand there with you,” he continued. “If we can’t preach the word in America, where can we preach it?”
King fueled speculation that he may be planning a presidential run when it was learned last week that he scheduled meetings in the early presidential primary state of South Carolina later in the month.
Other speakers at Saturday’s event included former GOP presidential hopeful Rick Santorum and real estate mogul Donald Trump, Huffington Post reported. None of the potential contenders appearing Saturday has declared candidacy.
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