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Mom Of 'Success Kid' Sends White Nationalist GOP Rep. Steve King Cease-And-Desist Letter For Using Her Son's Image To Fundraise

Laney Griner // Alex Wroblewski/Getty Images

Anyone who's surfed the internet for a while has probably seen the "Success Kid" meme: an image of a toddler on the beach with his fist clenched and a look that's the stuff of an inspirational poster.


In case you need a refresher, here's the image:

Laney Griner

The image launched a thousand memes and it remains one of the most recognizable images on the internet.

So recognizable is the picture that Congressman Steve King (R-IA) used it in a fundraising status on Facebook.

The post read:

"QUESTION: Do you enjoy our memes?? 🤔 If so, please click the link below and throw us a few dollars to make sure the memes keep flowing and the Lefties stay triggered 🤯 Thank you! 👍🇺🇸"

You may remember King as the Congressman who asked why White supremacy is offensive, compared immigrants to dirt and asked where civilization would be without rape and incest.

King was stripped of his committee positions in the House by his own party because of his statements.

His latest meme-paign using Success Kid has been anything but a success, because the child's mother, Laney Griner, just sent him a cease and desist, along with a Twitter thread explaining her decision.





Griner made it clear that not only does she not approve of King's use of the image, but she strongly disagrees with what he stands for. King's team has taken the photo off of the page, but the Congressman has yet to comment on the removal of it or Griner's rebuke.

Twitter is living for Griner's takedown.





Griner said in another reply:

"The baby in the meme he posted is my son, who is now 13 and smart enough to be a Trump hating liberal."

Success kids are clearly raised by success parents.