Steve King wants apology from GOP leaders for attack on rape and incest comments

Rep. Steve King (R-IA) wants an apology from the “left-wing media” and some Republicans leaders following controversy surrounding recent comments about rape and incest.

Asked at a town hall in his hometown of Storm Lake, Iowa, if he would stand behind recent comments where he said there would not be “any population of the world left” without rape or incest, King waved off the controversy as being concocted by the media and his political enemies.

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King also said he was misquoted by the Des Moines Register.

“Iowans are significantly more positive than they are negative, and they know it’s a misquote, and they know [The Associated Press] has, I’ll say, retracted the quote that they initially used because they relied on the Des Moines Register, who did the same,” King said. “So when we have a national, viral attack that comes down on a misquote and it’s absolutely proven, all the folks that did that attack, I think they owe me an apology, including my own leadership. I don’t expect that’s going to happen because egos are a little too strong in this business.”

The Des Moines Register has not retracted their initial story or King’s quote about rape and incest. They did, however, correct one reported quote.

The original quote that ran was: “It’s not the baby’s fault for the sin of the father, or of the mother.”

The corrected quote reads: “I’ve got 174 people who say they don’t want exceptions for rape and incest because they understand it is not the baby’s fault, to abort the baby, because of the sin of the father, and maybe sometimes the sin of the mother too.”

A staunch critic of abortion, King’s comments came as a way to explain why anti-abortion legislation he has introduced does not include exceptions for rape or incest.

“I did not allow exceptions for rape and incest in that bill because those babies that are born as a product of those activities [rape and incest] are as precious as you are or any of my grandchildren are,” King said about the non-exceptions.

One of King’s original quotes about rape and incest that earned him criticism from both sides of the political aisle was: “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?”

The congressman also said while speaking to the Westside Conservative Club in 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.”

House Republican Conference Chairwoman Liz Cheney is one of the many politicians who has called for King’s resignation.

2020 Dem hopefuls have also capitalized on King’s comments.

This is not the first time King’s comments have caused controversy. Earlier this year he questioned why the terms “white supremacist” and “white nationalist” were considered “offensive.”

“White nationalist, white supremacist, Western civilization — how did that language become offensive?” asked King.

King has also chalked that controversy up to the media and Republican leadership wanting him removed from office.

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