Steve King: Still embracing white nationalists, still winning in Iowa’s 4th Congressional District

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Rep. Steve King — photo by Gage Skidmore

On Monday, Steve King celebrated his habit of retweeting neo-Nazis by comparing their racist tweets to people expressing their love of Jesus Christ. True to form, King followed with a more extreme tweet the very next day.

Tuesday night, the eight-term western Iowa congressman endorsed a white nationalist political candidate, and he had to go out of his way to do so. It’s not a candidate in Iowa. Or anywhere else in the United States. King endorsed Faith Goldy, a fringe candidate for a municipal office in Canada.

Goldy, who is running for mayor of Toronto, prefers to be called an “ethno-nationalist,” but had no trouble reciting on video “the 14 words,” an internationally known white supremacist creed.

“I don’t see that that’s controversial. Is that bad?” she said after reciting the creed, which was formulated by David Lane, a member of a white supremacist terrorist group, who died in federal prison in 2007.

Goldy is probably best known for being fired by Rebel Media, a rightwing Canadian political site, after she appeared on a podcast hosted by the proudly neo-Nazi Daily Stormer. Goldy has been banned by both PayPal and Patreon as an extremist. She still, however, has her own YouTube channel.

In his Tuesday tweet, King called Goldy “an excellent candidate” who is “BEST of all, Pro Western Civilization and a fighter for our values.”

It was exactly this sort of tweet that the Des Moines Register cited when it endorsed King’s Democratic opponent J.D. Scholten on Sunday.

In his almost 16 years in Congress, King has passed exactly one bill as primary sponsor, redesignating a post office. He won’t debate his opponent and rarely holds public town halls. Instead, he spends his time meeting with fascist leaders in Europe and retweeting neo-Nazis.

That endorsement prompted King’s Monday tweet.

The same day King tweeted that, he and Scholten filed their most recent fundraising reports with the Federal Election Commission. Scholten raised $661,013 during the three months covered in the report, more than four times the amount King raised during that period. It was the fourth consecutive period in which Scholten has outraised King.

Still, the people of Iowa’s 4th Congressional District appear ready to reelect King, despite his lack of accomplishments beyond boosting the profiles of fascists and white supremacists.

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King led Scholten by 10 points in a poll by Emerson College released on Sept. 10. Five days later, the Scholten campaign released a poll it had commissioned. King was still winning in that poll, but only by six points.

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