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Racist GOP Rep. Steve King May Be Replaced By Another Christian Nationalist

Jun 4, 2020

By Hemant Mehta

On Tuesday night, Rep. Steve King of Iowa, one of the most openly racist Republicans in a party full of them, lost his primary. There was much rejoicing. Not just from Democrats who had long wanted him out of office, but from Republicans who could breathe a sigh of relief because they would no longer have to defend (even loosely) his bad behavior.

This was a guy, after all, who once said humanity wouldn’t exist without rape and incest (uh, thanks?) in order to argue abortion should be banned with no exceptions. This was a guy who compared himself to Jesus because he knew what it was like to be hated.

His loss is not a loss for the country.

All that said, there’s an argument to be made that his defeat is not necessarily good news if you’re hoping for a more progressive candidate.

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