Steve King argues population would have died off if we had killed all babies born of rape or incest

Rep. Steve King (R-IA) is going to have a lot of explaining to do.

King told the Westside Conservative Club on Wednesday that humanity would not exist if we had killed all babies born of rape or incest, according to the Des Moines Register.

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“What if we went back through all the family trees and just pulled out anyone who was a product of rape or incest? Would there be any population of the world left if we did that?” he said while speaking in Urbandale, Iowa. “Considering all the wars and all the rapes and pillages that happened throughout all these different nations, I know that I can’t say that I was not a part of a product of that.”

King was defending the position of not including rape and incest as exceptions in an anti-abortion bill that he has tried to get passed through Congress.

He argued that the sins of a mother or father should not pass onto a child.

“It’s not the baby’s fault for the sin of the father, or of the mother,” he said.

The comments were reportedly made at a breakfast meeting at the Machine Shed in Urbandale. King was speaking to about 50 people.

And, they were quickly turned into the latest outrage of the day.

Plenty have already gone after King for his new comments on rape and incest, and there are bound to be plenty more in the hours ahead. Many 2020 Democrat hopefuls are already capitalizing on the quotes.

Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) has called on King to resign.

“Iowans have long deserved better than Steve King and his hateful, insulting words. He should resign,” the senator tweeted.

Julian Castro was similarly angry, saying King has “no place in Congress.”

“Steve King has no place in Congress. Time and time again, he has embarrassed himself and denigrated his office,” he tweeted.

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) also called on King to resign.

Beto O’Rourke also joined in with his competitors and said King does not belong in Congress.

“My friend @JDScholten is standing up and fighting back against Steve King, and he needs all of our help — because no matter where you live, you know there’s no place for Steve King’s racism, bigotry, and hatred in Congress,” the former Texas congressman tweeted.

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King is no stranger to controversy. The congressman even addressed a previous controversy while speaking on Wednesday. He referred to a quote he made covered by The New York Times where he said, “white nationalist, white supremacist, Western civilization — how did that language become offensive?”

King waved off the quote and claimed it was just part of an “orchestrated” media agenda to remove him from power.

“People think it was an organic media feeding frenzy, but no, it was orchestrated from the beginning,” he said. “They had told me, heads up before Christmas, they’re going to try to drive you out of office and get you to resign. Within 24 hours, you had people saying ‘resign, resign, resign.’ Why? Because the New York Times misquoted me?”

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