— Tommy Christopher (@tommyxtopher) November 1, 2018
Of all the Republicans in R+11 PVI districts who have no one to blame but themselves for their tough re-elections (Collins, Hunter, King), King is unique in that in that he’s not running a serious campaign. He’s spent most of his $ on fundraising and only has $176k on hand.
— Dave Wasserman (@Redistrict) October 30, 2018
Anti-Defamation League, 115-year-old civil rights organization dedicated to fighting anti-Semitism, called on Paul Ryan to strip Rep. King (R-IA) of his chairmanships & formally censure him.#RacistKing #Iowa #IA04https://t.co/anpGpOjyH7
— KrisS ? Your Vote, Your Voice ? (@MplsMe) November 1, 2018
Seems like maybe Steve King is the GOP equivalent of that ratty old couch that’s been demoted from the living room to the basement tv room to the awkward angle by the garage entrance, because it’s a convenient place for dumping sports gear or taking off your muddy boots. It was the best you could find, back then, and the horseblanket plaid wasn’t too bad with the crocheted afghan thrown over it. But this year the big Thanksgiving gathering is at your house, and the more you spruce up the rest of the place, the nastier and stinkier that old hulk looks. And yet, getting the nasty thing maneuvered out and hauled away…
Steve King Is Beginning To Lose Support After Years Of Racist Statements. Republicans Still Expect Him To Win. “[I]t would take a tidal wave to knock him out.” https://t.co/SFQHQwBIKO via @alexis_levinson and @tparti
— Chris Geidner (@chrisgeidner) October 31, 2018
After making racist statements for years, Steve King is starting to lose support in the Republican Party. But Republicans still broadly expect him to win his congressional race next week, and aside from losing some financial backing, it’s not clear anything will change for him if he comes back to Congress next year.
One week before Election Day, Rep. Steve Stivers, the chair of the House Republican campaign arm, disavowed King in a tweet. “Congressman Steve King’s recent comments, actions, and retweets are completely inappropriate. We must stand up against white supremacy and hate in all forms, and I strongly condemn this behavior.”
Three corporations — Land O’Lakes, Intel, and Purina — that had previously donated to him publicly announced they would not give him any more money in the future, putting some pressure on other donors to withdraw support…
The backlash comes in the final week of King’s most competitive reelection campaign in years. His opponent, Democrat J.D. Scholten, has outraised King dramatically, and on Tuesday, the Cook Political Report changed its rating of the race in Scholten’s favor, moving it into the Lean Republican column.
But Republicans still expect that King will win in his rural, conservative district, where both he and Trump won with 61% of the vote in 2016.
“That district is just so Republican. It would take a tidal wave to knock him out,” said Cory Crowley, a Republican strategist who does work in Iowa…
And aside from Stivers’ comment, publicly, little has changed in what Republicans are willing to say about their colleague — few are willing to engage in any sort of forceful condemnation directed specifically at King. When asked for comment, AshLee Strong, a spokesperson for Speaker Paul Ryan, referred BuzzFeed News to her response from earlier in the year. “The speaker has said many times that Nazis have no place in our politics, and clearly members should not engage with anyone promoting hate.”
Spokespeople for two other members of House GOP leadership, Reps. Kevin McCarthy and Steve Scalise, both of whom also contributed to King’s campaign through their PACs, did not respond to requests for comment.
Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley, who also contributed to King’s campaign and has attended fundraisers for him in the past, spoke out against racist and anti-Semitic comments in response to questions from local reporters, but did not specifically denounce King or say if Republicans should take any action against him. “I think every public official ought to set an example of being against any sort of racism, anti-Semitism, and that’s the standard I try to set,” Grassley said, according to an interview he gave Wednesday, the audio of which was provided by his office. When asked if King should be censured, Grassley responded: “The people of his district have a chance every two years to do that.”…
But then, to quote Stein’s Law: If something cannot go on forever, it will stop.
NEW: AT&T says its political action committee won’t make further donations to anti-immigration stalwart Rep Steve King.
‘The committee concluded that further support of Rep. King would not be consistent with one of our core values …’Stand for Equality.’
— Laura Litvan (@LauraLitvan) November 2, 2018
#IA04 Rep. Steve King (R) finally went up on the airwaves at 1:18pm today, 2.5 weeks after his opponent. The ad looked familiar to me…and yup, it's a recycled ad from his *2014* race. https://t.co/VkRF8zBspG https://t.co/6qHqYiAok1
— Dave Wasserman (@Redistrict) November 2, 2018
I heard he uses campaign contributions to keep his family on the payroll. Nice work when you can get it.
— seearekay (@seearekay11) November 2, 2018
“Yes He Klan”
— Windsor Mann (@WindsorMann) November 1, 2018