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‘They Owe Me An Apology’: Steve King Lashes Out At Media For Reporting His Incest, Rape Comments

Embattled Republican Congressman Rep. Steve King (Iowa) on Saturday said that the media owes him an apology in wake of a controversy stemming from his recent comments about rape and incest while defending his vote in an abortion bill.

King sparked outrage from Republicans and Democrats after making remarks about rape and incest while defending anti-abortion legislation.

“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 told a crowd at the Westside Conservative Club. “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.”

Speaking at a town hall on Saturday in his hometown of Storm Lake, Iowa, King was asked if he would stand by his remarks. He pushed back, asserting that the comment gained national headlines because a “very active and vibrant left-wing media” picked up a misquote from the Des Moines Register’s initial reporting, CNN reported. He also contended that the media “decided to do a hack job.”

“Iowans are significantly more positive than they are negative, and they know [The Associated Press] has retracted the quote they initially used because they relied on the Des Moines Register, who did the same,” King said, according to CNN.

King also demanded an apology from his own party.

“So when we have a national, viral attack that comes down on a misquote and it’s absolutely proven, all of those who did that attack owe me an apology, including my own leadership. I don’t expect that’s going to happen because egos are a little too strong in this business.”

House Republican Conference Chairwoman Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) was one of many lawmakers to call for King to resign, saying in a tweet that he has “to go.”

King earlier this year gained the same type of scrutiny after questioning why the terms “white supremacist” and “white nationalist” had become “offensive.”

House Republicans responded by removing King from his positions on the House Judiciary, Agriculture and Small Business committees.


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