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Steve King asks, ‘Would there be any population’ if not for rape, incest

Controversial Iowa Congressman Steve King, in an eyebrow-raising defense of his anti-abortion legislation, questioned Wednesday whether there would “be any population of the world left” if not for rape and incest.

While speaking at the Westside Conservative Club in Urbandale, Iowa, the devout Roman Catholic Republican representative — whose outrageous comments about white supremacy were condemned by fellow members of the House of Representatives — discussed legislation he sponsored that banned abortion even in cases of 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 remarked.

“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.”

Video of King’s statement was first obtained by the Des Moines Register.

The nine-term congressman is no stranger to controversy.

In January, King was blasted by Republicans and Democrats alike for saying in a New York Times interview, “White nationalist, white supremacist, Western civilization — how did that language become offensive?”

The backlash was swift, as King was removed from all of his committee assignments within days of the interview being published.

The House voted 416-1 to condemn King’s remarks and white supremacy within one week.

In March 2017, King sparked outrage with a tweet criticizing increased immigration in the US that read, “Wilders understands that culture and demographics are our destiny. We can’t restore our civilization with somebody else’s babies.”

King was slammed in October 2018 for endorsing a white nationalist running for office in Canada.

Faith Goldy, who was then a candidate for mayor of Toronto, had claimed that “Canada is undergoing a ‘white genocide’” and was known for her anti-Muslim views, according to the Des Moines Register.

King stood by the endorsement, tweeting that Goldy was “Pro Western Civilization and a fighter for our values.”

A spokesman for King did not immediately return a call for comment.

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