Iowa Republican Steve King sparked outrage on Wednesday when he suggested without rape and incest, humanity may not exist. Former Utah Rep. Mia Love, now a CNN commentator, said she wasn’t shocked by King’s statement because he’s been saying similar things for years.
“I’m not surprised at all,” she said Wednesday evening on Anderson Cooper’s program. “The only thing that is shocking is he’s still a member of Congress.”
King said at a gathering of Iowa conservatives “What if we went back through all the family trees and just pulled those people out that were products of rape and incest? Would there be any population of the world left if we did that?”
King was defending his position of not allowing exceptions for rape and incest in anti-abortion legislation he sponsored in Congress.
Several Democrats and some Republicans condemned his remarks, and a few called on him to resign.
King was stripped of his committee assignments in January after comments he made on white nationalism and white supremacy.
Love joined in the chorus of those calling for King’s ouster.
“He’s pretty much saying that we needed to have rape and incest to populate the United States. He doesn’t even have the ability to know what to say and when to say it. He is not good for the Republican Party. He is not good for America, and I hope they get rid of him,” she said.