You remember Steve King? The Iowa congressman who was so racist that his own Republican party nuked all his committee assignments The one who wondered to the New York Times why the term “white supremacist” was offensive? The one who…did all this stuff, as we documented in January?
King has generalized about DREAMers as “drug mules,” likened immigrants to livestock, dirt and hunting dogs, and has questioned if immigration has lent any real contribution to civilization. He also introduced the prospect of a border wall a decade prior to Trump’s bid for office, and has been vocal in backing the proposal since.
In 2015, King argued on talk radio that America has “nothing to apologize for” in regards to slavery and in 2016, he came under scrutiny for displaying a Confederate flag on his desk—an interesting decor choice for a number of reasons, including the fact that Iowa, the state which King represents, was part of the Union.
And that doesn’t even get into the time where he retweeted a neo-Nazi who wants a portrait of Hitler in every classroom!
So anyway, that’s Steve King. And the reason I’m writing about him today is that something very funny happened to him yesterday on Twitter. Ken Klippenstein, a Young Turks reporter and clearly not a King fan, asked him for a retweet for his “uncle,” Col. Nathan Jessup, who he said was serving overseas in the Marines. Now, anyone who has seen A Few Good Men knows that Jessup is a character played by Jack Nicholson, and it case that was too subtle, Klippenstein included a picture of Nicholson in uniform. Very few people would have been duped by this point, but luckily for the rest of us, Steve King is one of those very few people. He retweeted Klippenstein, which is funny enough, but then Klippenstein changed his own username to “Steve King is a white supremacist.”
Here was the result:
Ahhhh that’s the good stuff!
Then, amazingly, it happened again:
The Twitter wits were quickly on the scene, making further requests of King:
You get the idea. The most amazing part? Although he deleted the first retweet, the second one—the “Steve King drinks pee pee” effort—is still on King’s timeline.