In what is perhaps the most bizarre strategy for achieving a more conservative Supreme Court, embattled GOP Rep. Steve King said he hopes Justices Elena Kagan and Sonia Sotomayor “elope to Cuba.”
According to Weekly Standard Assistant Opinion Editor Adam Rubenstein, the Iowa Congressman told a gathering in Hampton, Iowa that “after the election maybe ‘we’ll have a 7-2 court’ and maybe we’ll get lucky and ‘Kagan and Sotomayor will elope to Cuba.’”
Rep. Steve King just now in Hampton, Iowa, talking about the courts, says after the election maybe “we’ll have a 7-2 court” and maybe we’ll get lucky and “Kagan and Sotomayor will elope to Cuba.”
— Adam Rubenstein (@RubensteinAdam) November 5, 2018
It’s not the only weirdly homophobic comment King has spouted off as he faces an increasingly tight challenge from Democrat J.D. Scholten in the 4th District.
In a video published to Twitter by PAC American Bridge Communications Director for House Campaigns Andrew Bates, King fumed at the National Republican Congressional Committee for backing a gay candidate in California.
🚨 Now @SteveKingIA is attacking the NRCC for backing a gay candidate:
"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…That's hard to write a check to those guys when they do that." #IA04 pic.twitter.com/TXrF67KIoE
— Andrew Bates (@AndrewBatesNC) November 6, 2018
“They sent money over to support a candidate in primary in California who had a sex-same partner that they put all over glossy mailers,” King said. “And I don’t know if they were holding hands or what was the deal. Man, It’s hard to write a check to those guys when they do that.”
There is not a gay Republican on the ballot this year, but Republicans backed gay San Diego City Councilman Carl DeMaio four years ago.
King has a history of making racist and incendiary remarks that have cost him the support of his party and major donors.
Also, author Stephen King is tired of being confused with him.
Iowans, for personal reasons I hope you’ll vote Steve King out. I’m tired of being confused with this racist dumbbell.
— Stephen King (@StephenKing) November 4, 2018