Steve King's struggle

King is probably the only living American politician who still uses phrases like “the inter-marriage” with a straight face, who can say without blinking, “I’d like to see an America that is just so homogenous that we look a lot [sic] the same.” He is the kind of person who can argue that we should spend more than $5 billion on a border wall but voted against disaster relief funding for victims of Hurricane Katrina on the grounds that the money would just be “wasted.” King retweets neo-Nazis. For years he kept the Confederate flag on his desk. “[President Obama] has demonstrated that he has a default mechanism in him that breaks down the side of race,” he told a radio host in 2010, “on the side that favors the black person.” Any guesses where King’s default mechanism breaks down?

The understandable priority afforded to King’s views about genetic purity elide his cringe-inducing pronouncements on subjects other than race. Many people are dubious about the imminent threat posed by anthropogenic global warming, but only King insists that “we don’t know where sea level is even.” In 2012, King owned animal rights activists by bragging about his (rejected) amendment to that year’s farm bill, which would have legalized putting arsenic in chicken feed. “My language wipes out everything they’ve done with pork and veal.” Get ’em, Steve.