POLL: Did Steve King go too far with his statement about rape and incest?

AUGUST 14, 2019

Republican Congressman Steve King, of Iowa, has stirred up a firestorm of backlash once again, this time for implying in a speech in Iowa that there may not be “any population of the world left” if not for rape and incest throughout history.

King was speaking at the Westside Conservative Club in Urbandale, Iowa, where he defended the anti-abortion legislation he sponsored, which has no exceptions for rape or incest.

“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?” King said. “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, who is Catholic, was making the case that it’s not the baby’s fault how they were conceived, and argued that baby still has the right to life. However, for many, his statement seemed to downplay the seriousness of rape and incest.

Several 2020 presidential candidates and other Democrats have blasted King, demanding his resignation, and the backlash has given a huge boost of support for King’s Democratic opponent.

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