STEVE KING’S SUPPORTERS DON’T CARE ABOUT THE ACCUSATIONS OF RACISM AND ANTI-SEMITISM
It’s been a rough couple of weeks, Republican Rep. Steve King conceded in a folksy but defensive address to a group of about 40 supporters here Saturday morning. The embattled eight-term Congressman claimed he’s come under a sophisticated attack from Democrats and the media, who are trying to block his re-election. That’s why he’s being called anti-Semitic and a racist, he insisted.
“It’s more diabolic and more devious than we’ve ever seen,” King said.
He found a sympathetic crowd in the Western Iowa GOP Office, despite weeks of controversy over King’s alleged coziness with white nationalists and history of blatantly racist comments. Gerald Pallesen, an 89-year-old from Marcus, Iowa, who introduced himself as an “old geezer,” even offered King a printout of a bull’s-eye to pin to his back. King posed for a picture with it instead. Those targeting King, according to the sign, included Planned Parenthood, two local newspapers, the Iowa GOP, and “two Jews from Des Moines,” among other groups.
“He’s dedicated to family, and to his political beliefs, and to his job,” Pallesen said, adding that he early-voted for King. Mark Andersen, a 69-year-old retired attorney from Sioux City at the rally Saturday, agreed, saying King is a “good man.” David Foreshoe, a 78-year-old retired high voltage cable splicer from Sioux City, said he “wants a candidate that’s going to protect my country.” He handed King a flag pin before the congressman got up in front of the enthused crowd to speak about his cozy relationship with President Donald Trump, grain prices, and the need to ban abortion, even in instances when a pregnancy resulted from rape or incest.
Anything negative said about King the past few weeks had been willfully ignored — or not heard at all — by people here. “In the last couple weeks, it gets to be a game to pick on Congressman King because he is very outspoken,” Pallesen said.