Iowa Rep. Steve King has sparked backlash for comments made during a discussion at the Westside Conservative Club in Urbandale, Iowa. The Republican defended his position against laws allowing abortion exceptions if the pregnancy is the result of rape or incest, and suggested that humanity would not exist if not for rape and 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 during the discussion. "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."
Needless to say, Twitter was flooded with calls for Steve King to resign. Bernie Sanders also commented, writing, "Steve King is a racist, a misogynist and a disgrace to the country."
King has previously garnered criticism for his racism in the past. He has been criticised for his embrace of far-right media personalities and just last year voiced his concern over a white genocide conspiracy theory, which he called "the great replacement."