U.S. Congressman Steve King, a nine-term Republican of Iowa, has just lost his primary to a GOP challenger. It’s a huge fall from grace: In 2014 The Des Moines Register labeled the former earth-moving company founder a “presidential kingmaker.”
But his racist, white nationalist, white supremacist, anti-immigrant, anti-Semitic, homophobic, transphobic, biphobic remarks and disturbing ties to far right radical European politicians – including one he endorsed who has ties to a neo-Nazi, finally caught up with him.
Iowa Republican Randy Feenstr, a state lawmaker, beat King Tuesday night.
Feenstr handily won because he offered voters a far right Christian conservative platform without the messy extremism, and because King was effectively useless after being stripped of his committee assignments after being condemned for making white supremacist remarks.
The New York Times calls King’s defeat “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.”
Feenstr faces retired professional baseball player J. D. Scholten, a Democrat, in November.
King was infamous for his offensive comments.
In early January of 2019, King stepped too far over the line, even for the GOP.
“White nationalist, white supremacist, Western civilization — how did that language become offensive?” he asked in a New York Times interview, ending any question of where he stands, and branding him a white supremacist.
Until that point, King had perhaps been best-known for accusing undocumented immigrants of having “calves the size of cantaloupes” from “running drugs across the Mexican border.”
In 2018 King met with representatives of a far-right party in Austria — and used the financial backing of a Holocaust memorial group to do so.
The following year, in August, King asked, if not for rape and incest, “would there be any population left?”
He has compared transgender service members to eunuchs, predicted a race war between “hispanics and the Blacks,” and insisted that throughout history no other “subgroup of people” have contributed “more to civilization” than whites.
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Fox Fires Reporter Who Declared On-Air She Was Being ‘Muzzled’ by Her Bosses: Report
Fox 26 Houston reporter Ivory Hecker announced Tuesday she has been fired after announcing live on-air during an on-scene segment that her bosses had been “muzzling” her and she had given secretly recorded audio and video to the discredited far right wing activists at Project Veritas.
“Before we get to that story, I want to let you, the viewers, know that Fox Corp. has been muzzling me to keep certain information from you, the viewers,” Hecker said on-camera Monday during her report (video below). “And from what I’m gathering, I am not the only reporter being subjected to this.”
The Daily Beast reports that in a phone call with Hecker “she said that she had just been terminated by the Fox outlet.”
But Hecker seems glad to go.
“I have been longing to part ways with this strange, slightly unhinged corporation since last August when I realized what they were,” she told The Daily Beast. “The piece with Project Veritas doesn’t touch what they did. Fox 26 knows I’m fearless.”
She added: “I have zero interest in working for another corporation. They all toe the same line.”
It’s unclear what “line” that is but it would seem she would have been more comfortable at another “unhinged corporation,” possibly OANN.
Here’s Hecker’s report from Monday.
Reporter Ivory Hecker with Fox 26 informs the network live on air that she’ll expose them with secret recordingspic.twitter.com/WM13fzdLXt
— Fifty Shades of Whey (@davenewworld_2) June 15, 2021
Trump-Loving MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell Kicked Out of GOP Governors Event
The Donald Trump-loving MyPillow CEO got thrown out of a meeting of the Republican Governors Association.
Mike Lindell told Politico he flew to Tennessee to attend the three-day meeting starting Tuesday, but an event coordinator told him after gathering his credential at Nashville’s JW Marriott Hotel that he wasn’t allowed at any official RGA events.
“These events are for RGA members, and Mike Lindell is not currently an RGA member,” an RGA official told the website.
The RGA official explained Lindell tried to join a group of members riding out to the Governor’s Mansion but was denied.
Earlier that day Lindell told Steve Bannon’s radio show that he intended to confront Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp and Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey, RGA’s chair, about alleged election fraud in their states, although GOP officials and others in both states have found no evidence to back up those claims.
Lindell attended last year’s meeting, where some GOP governors and Trump encouraged him to run for Minnesota’s governor.
Trump Will ‘Definitely’ Be Indicted ‘Before Summer’s End’ – According to His Former Fixer
According to reports this Tuesday, New York Attorney General announced that her office is now pursuing a criminal line of inquiry into the Trump Organization. Speaking to the New York Daily News, former Trump lawyer and fixer Michael Cohen suggested that the potential for Donald Trump to be jailed is even greater now.
“Now that you see the New York District Attorney and the Attorney General’s offices working in concert, I do believe that indictments will be issued shortly, and definitely before summer’s end,” Cohen told The Daily News on Wednesday.
On Tuesday, Cohen tweeted an image of Trump behind bars.
As more documents are reviewed by the #NYAG and #NYDA, it appears that the troubles for Donald #Trump will keep on coming! Soon enough, Donald and Associates will be held responsible for their actions. pic.twitter.com/nOvd7Dry81
— Michael Cohen (@MichaelCohen212) May 19, 2021
According to Trump, the whole effort is a “witch hunt.”
“The Attorney General of New York literally campaigned on prosecuting Donald Trump even before she knew anything about me. She said that if elected, she would use her office to look into ‘every aspect’ of my real estate dealings,” Trump said in a statement. “Likewise, the District Attorney’s office has been going after me for years based on a lying, discredited low life, who was not listened to or given credibility by other prosecutorial offices, and sentenced to 3 years in prison for lying and other events unrelated to me.”
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