IOWA 04 (R -- KING) | IA-4

Some Iowans Uneasy About King After Recent Tweets

His district is becoming more diverse.

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Ally Mutnick
March 29, 2017, 10:28 a.m.

Rep. Steve King (R) “who has dis­played a Con­fed­er­ate battle flag on his desk in Wash­ing­ton, shows no sign of budging in his views. His latest anti-im­mig­rant tirade — “We can’t re­store our civil­iz­a­tion with some­body else’s ba­bies,” he said — once again drew wide con­dem­na­tion and crit­ic­al at­ten­tion to Iowa’s Fourth Con­gres­sion­al Dis­trict, whose voters over­whelm­ingly re-elec­ted him to an eighth term in Novem­ber. … But in con­ver­sa­tions over four days with res­id­ents who voted for Mr. King, a new chor­us of earn­est naysay­ers could also be heard in many corners of the dis­trict. Some said the con­gress­man’s latest pro­voca­tion — uttered in sup­port of a far-right Dutch politi­cian — was fi­nally more than they could brook. Sev­er­al said they were re­think­ing their sup­port.”

“Again and again, voters brought up how much Mr. King’s dis­trict has changed since his elec­tion 15 years ago. Though still over­whelm­ingly white, it has ab­sorbed a siz­able pop­u­la­tion of His­pan­ics … As a gen­er­a­tion of non-His­pan­ic white chil­dren leaves for col­lege and sel­dom re­turns, im­mig­rants are keep­ing many of those com­munit­ies alive.” (New York Times)

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