- Richard Spencer, a prominent white nationalist who advocates for “peaceful ethnic cleansing” of nonwhites from America, said this about you: “Steve King is more our guy than Trump has ever been. We can only hope these kinds of statements serve to embolden more of our people, as they see that people like themselves are in positions of power.”
Andrew Anglin, American neo-Nazi, white supremacist, Holocaust denier, and publisher of The Daily Stormer, said this about you: “Steve King is basically an open white nationalist at this point. He should be Speaker of the House. Period. He is our guy.”
David Duke, former Grand Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan, said this about you: “Just in case you were thinking about moving, sanity reigns supreme in Iowa’s 4th Congressional District. God bless Steve King!”
– Do your views align more closely with the views of these men or the people who condemn them?
– Do these men’s views reflect the views of your constituents in the Fourth District, as Duke suggests?
- In March of 2017 you said, “It’s important for the Trump administration and for this White House team to be engaged in an effort to restore Western civilization. We can’t restore our civilization with somebody else’s babies.”
– Can you describe what a restored Western civilization would look like?
– What efforts would you like the Trump administration or the White House to take to “restore Western civilization?”
- Esquire magazine ran an article last fall about the use of illegal immigrant workers among the 4th District’s dairy farms. It described an environment in which the workers live in constant fear of being discovered and farmers living in constant fear of being criminalized. In May of 2018, you supported the ICE raid of illegal immigrants in Mt. Pleasant, Iowa.
– Would you support ICE raids of the dairy farms in your district?
– Do you think it is a problem to have people in your district living in a constant state of fear?
– If yes, what plans do you propose to resolve this problem?
- In 2013 you said, “Climate change is not proven, it’s not science. It’s more of a religion than a science” and to support your point you said, “We’re watching the polar ice caps hit proportions far beyond what they would have predicted.” NASA released a video this in February 2018 showing that the polar ice caps are melting faster than ever.
– What is your position on climate change today, and please provide some support for your position.
- In 2013 you said, “We will not become the Land of Prosperity by increasing our debt and deficit.” In 2018, you wrote, “The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act passed late last year is the best vote I have cast as a member.”
– How did you come about this change about increasing our debt and deficit?
– What do you believe are the causes of the significant rise in the deficit in the past year?
- The 2018 Women’s March occurred around the world in January 2018, and you said you had a “whole long series of conversations with women wearing pink” at that time.
– What do you think was the purpose of the Women’s March?
– What specific views did you share with the March’s participants?
- In 2017 you said, “No one in this Congress wants to start a trade war. Republicans have a majority, and we want to be free traders. I don’t think a trade war is going to happen at all.”
– Can you explain why President Trump started the trade wars and what their purpose is?
– Are Republicans still free traders?
- You have said, “Homosexuality was a sin 2,000 years ago and is a sin today, and people that were condemned to hell 2,000 years ago … I don’t expect to meet them should I make it to heaven.”
– Can you explain how your views align with the Catholic Church’s view on homosexuality?
– Can you explain how you are certain they are condemned to hell and without salvation?
– How do you represent the needs of your LGBTQ constituents?
- Pope Francis wrote this in the “Enemies of Holiness” last year: “Some Catholics consider the humanity of immigrants to be a secondary issue compared to abortion. That a politician looking for votes might say such a thing is understandable, but not a Christian.” You profess to be a Catholic, and you attend a Catholic church.
– Explain your agreement or disagreement with the Pope (i.e., that a politician who places the issue of abortion above that of humane treatment of immigrants is not a Christian?)
- The website congress.gov provides data related to congressional bills introduced and passed. Among the 11 Republican representatives elected to Congress in 2003—and are still in office today—you have introduced the fewest bills that became law.
-Why have you not moved legislation as well as your peers?
– How do you explain this to your constituents?
- According to your 2018 FEC Disclosure Form, during that election cycle, 100 percent of the campaign funds you raised from Iowa donors went into the pockets of your son and daughter-in-law, who work for your campaign.
– Do your donors know about this?
– Do your son and daughter-in-law solicit Iowa donations for your campaign?
- Last year you said, “Funding for the border wall could come out of food stamps and the entitlements that are being spread out for people that haven’t worked in three generations.”
– Explain why you believe funding the border wall is more important than providing financial support for the country’s less fortunate?
– How many government dollars are being spent in your district on entitlements being given to Iowans who haven’t worked in generations?
- The Department of Health and Human Services reported in December that 15,000 migrant children were being held in federal shelters throughout the country. This compares to 2,400 being held in May 2018. In June of last year you said, “I don’t find any prohibition to separating children from their parents at the border. There’s nothing cruel about this.”
– Do you still believe there is nothing cruel about separating children from their parents?
– With control of the House, Senate and White House for two years, what successful legislation have you and your Republicans colleagues passed to address issues related to illegal immigration and the growing number of children held in federal shelters?
- Former Republican House Speaker John Boehner publicly called you an “asshole” and said, “Steve King’s words do not reflect the values of the American people or the Republican Party.” Former House Speaker Paul Ryan said recently, “I have said many times that Nazis have no place in our politics, and clearly Steve King should not engage with anyone promoting hate.”
– How do your words and actions—as noted by Republican leadership—reflect the values of the people of Iowa’s Fourth District?
- In September of 2017, you wrote on Twitter: “Pro players have the right to freedom of speech. Owners do, too. And should exercise it by firing offending players.”
– When NFL players are kneeling during the National Anthem, what is your understanding of why they are doing so?
- In 2017, during an interview on Iowa Public Radio, you said, “I did one calculation that came to 2.4 million fraudulent votes in the 2016 election.”
– Can you explain how you came to that number?
– Do you still believe that number to be true?
– If not, what number of fraudulent votes do you now believe were cast in the 2016 election?
- A caller, during an interview on Iowa Public Radio, asked you if you can look at someone and tell if they’re here illegally? You replied, “Yes, you can look at things, like what kind of car they drive.”
– What other “things” can you look at to tell if someone is in the country illegally?
- You attached an amendment to the 2016 bill that funds Congress’ annual payroll, maintenance and operations budget that included the following language: None of the funds made available by this Act may be used to encourage, allow, or require any individual to use any bathroom other than the bathroom of the individual’s biological sex.
– What motivated you to write this amendment?
– Can your transgender constituents count on you to represent them and their concerns in Congress?