Looks like Republicans are worried about Rep. Steve King damaging their brand. Again. The latest cause for worry is King’s latest comments explaining that he doesn’t support rape or incest exceptions in his abortion bans because “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?”
Rep. Liz Cheney, the third-ranking House Republican, put on her frowniest face for this:
Today’s comments by @RepSteveKingIA are appalling and bizarre. As I’ve said before, it’s time for him to go. The people of Iowa’s 4th congressional district deserve better.
— Liz Cheney (@Liz_Cheney) August 14, 2019
Cheney previously said that King “should find another line of work” after he asked, “White nationalist, white supremacist, Western civilization—how did that language become offensive?” So in case you were wondering where Cheney draws the line, it’s with overt defense of white supremacy and with “bizarre”—she’s not wrong there—comments about the role of rape and incest in human history. In other words, when King becomes too much of a PR headache for Republicans and when voters get a reminder that he is still in Congress as a Republican but that they have a chance to vote him out next year.