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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