Iowa Representative Steve King speaks at the Iowa Faith and Freedom Coalition Forum in Des Moines, Iowa, September 19, 2015. … © Brian Frank / Reuters March 14, 2017 04:48pm EDT

THE NEUTRAL ZONE

After nine terms in office as an Iowa state representative, Steve King was ousted in a primary election Tuesday night by Iowa state senator Randy Feenstra.

After carrying 46 percent of the vote compared to 36 percent casting votes for King, Feenstra will run against Democrat J.D. Scholten for the seat in November. King called Feenstra to concede, adding that the Senator would have to deal with “some powerful elements in the swamp that he’s going to have an awfully hard time pushing back against them.” 

King was originally removed from Republican committees in 2019 after defending white nationalism, stating, “White nationalist, white supremacist, Western civilization — how did that language become offensive?” His comments drew bipartisan calls for his resignation, including from Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. Republican donors alienated King and bolstered Feenstra, who did not take a hard stance against King’s comments and instead “questioned his efficacy as a representative without committee assignments.” 

MEDIA PERSPECTIVE

Steve King, House Republican With a History of Racist Remarks, Loses Primary – New York Times – 6/2/20 The defeat was most likely the final political blow to one of the nation’s most divisive elected officials, whose insults of undocumented immigrants foretold the messaging of President Trump, and whose flirtations with extremism led him far from rural Iowa, to meetings with anti-Muslim crusaders in Europe and an endorsement of a Toronto mayoral candidate with neo-Nazi ties.

Controversial Rep. Steve King loses Iowa GOP primary battle – Fox News – 6/3/20 King’s loss in Iowa’s Republican primary contest marks the beginning of the end for the provocative lawmaker who for years had been a conservative lightning rod in Washington for his hardline views on issues ranging from immigration to abortion. […] King was stripped of his committee assignments in 2018 for comments appearing to question the criticism of white nationalism.

Trump congratulates Steve King challenger on GOP primary win – The Hill – 6/3/20 President Trump offered congratulations to Iowa State Sen. Randy Feenstra (R) after he defeated embattled GOP Rep. Steve King (Iowa) in the Republican primary for the state’s 4th congressional district on Tuesday. “Congratulations to Randy Feenstra on your big win in the Iowa Republican Primary. You will be a great Congressman!” Trump tweeted early Wednesday morning.

Goodbye, Steve King – Slate Magazine – 6/3/20 Over the last two decades, King dabbled in a lot of amateur racial theory, took it upon himself to defend “Western Civilization,” and was a little too interested in demographics, both in America and globally. During his tenure, King carved out a reputation for making inflammatory racist remarks that flirted with the fringe and sometimes his ever-so-slightly coded language went even further.

INFLUENCER PERSPECTIVE

Hector for Congress NJ08 on Twitter, 6/3/20: Defeating @SteveKingIA is a tremendous victory against white supremacy & racism.

Raquel Teran on Twitter, 6/3/20: Steve King is voted out of Congress. Among his racist believes:”Mixing cultures will not lead to a higher quality of life but a lower one.” & you can ID undocumented immigrants by ”What kind of clothes people wear, what kind of shoes people wear, what kind of accent they have.”

Carol Davidsen on Twitter, 6/3/20: Stephen King losing his primary doesn’t help democrats. It’s like Paul Ryan dropping out. Made it easier for an unknown republican to beat Randy Bryce. This will make it easier for unknown republican to beat @JDScholten. Donate to him to regardless of Steve King being out.

Alex Wagner on Twitter, 6/3/20: Not only was @SteveKingIA beaten last night— he was beaten in a 5-way race where his challengers were splitting the anti-King vote four ways. Background here:

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