Rep. Steve King wants apology after rape and incest comments

Congressman Steve King wants an apology after he questioned whether "there would be any population of the world left" if not for births due to rape and incest.

“Iowans are significantly more positive than they are negative, and they know it's a misquote and they know that the AP has, I'll say, retracted the quote that they initially used because they relied on the Des Moines Register who did the same. And so when we have a national, viral attack that comes down on a misquote, and it's absolutely proven, all the folks that did that attack, I think they owe me an apology, including my own leadership,” said King on Saturday while speaking at his town hall in Buena Vista County.

The comments from King that drew sharp criticism were made at the Conservative Club in Urbandale Wednesday.

“What if we went back through all the family trees and just pulled out anyone who was a product of rape or incest? Would there be any population of the world left if we did that? Considering all the wars and all the rapes and pillages that happened throughout all these different nations, I know that I can't say that I was not a part of a product of that,” said King Wednesday.

The AP did issue a correction the day after the story broke. The wire service said they misquoted King when he said he knew 174 people who say they don`t want exceptions for rape and incest because they understand it's not the baby's fault.

King opposes abortion in all cases, including those resulting from rape or abortion.

His comments have been widely condemned by congressional Democrats and some Republicans for undermining the victims of sexual abuse. House Republican Conference Chairwoman Liz Cheney of Wyoming called on King to resign, saying in a tweet that he has "to go."

Iowa Republican U.S. Senator Joni Ernst told WHO-TV, “Never ever is incest or rape OK. It's never OK. And I just wish we could stop with this. Let’s focus. Let's focus on the work that we have to do in Congress."

King drew intense criticism earlier this year after questioning why the terms "white supremacist" and "white nationalist" had become "offensive." 

House Republican leadership then removed King from his positions on the House Judiciary, Agriculture and Small Business committees. The full House also passed a resolution condemning white nationalism and white supremacy. 

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