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Congressman Steve King doubles down on anti-gay comments for Election Day

Representative Steve King

Representative Steve King AP

Republican Congressman Steve King is in the ballot fight of his life, but it hasn’t stopped him from doubling down on his racist and homophobic language.

Yesterday he said he hopes Supreme Court Justices Elena Kagan and Sonia Sotomayor “will elope to Cuba.” Neither of the women are out lesbians or bisexuals.

And he also lashed out at fellow Republicans who have supported LGBTQ candidates.

Related: Rep. Steve King: ‘We can’t restore our civilization with somebody else’s babies’

“They sent money over to support a candidate in a primary in California who had a same-sex partner that they put all over glossy mailers,” he told supporters. “I don’t know if they were holding hands or whatever.”

“Man, that’s hard to write a check to those guys when they do that.”

To say that King is a controversial figure would be an understatement. He has made extreme statements for years, and this past year has been more open about his support of white supremacists.

He has displayed a Confederate flag on his desk and retweeted a Nazi sympathizer. He tweeted support for a Canadian who lost her job after she did an interview with a neo-Nazi website.

Last month, he did an interview with Austria’s Freedom Party, which was founded by a former Nazi officer.

“Western civilization is on the decline,” he said in the interview, and he also decried racial diversity. He defended the interview after the synagogue shooting this weekend by saying that the Freedom Party is Austria’s equivalent to the Republican Party.

Land O’Lakes butter company withdrew its support from King last week shortly after a campaign donation made under a previous CEO came to light.

“Rep. King’s statements are just one more example of the hateful rhetoric on which he’s built his legacy. Over and over, he’s shown Iowans his true colors,” One Iowa Action Executive Director Daniel Hoffman-Zinnel said. “His words yesterday, like so many of the words he’s uttered before, are unacceptable and dangerous coming from someone holding elected office.”

“Gov. Reynolds does not seem to think his actions and words are unacceptable. She shared a stage with King mere hours after these hateful comments left his lips. Again and again, King has proven himself a racist, homophobic, and transphobic extremist who should not be in office. Reynolds has not only refused to denounce him and his hateful statements, but appointed him co-chair of her campaign.”

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