Iowa Congressman Steve King, long known for his racially insensitive quotes and outdated opinions, was recently voted out of office.
But before he leaves, King decided to once more tweet out an incredibly racist sentiment.
Offering Vice President-elect Kamala Harris a backhanded compliment, King then asks the California Senator whether she's descended form slaves or slave owners.
I’m reading that @KamalaHarris made history as first woman, first black woman, first Asian woman, etc = a boatload… https://t.co/DCIyquuMaW— Steve King (@Steve King)1606070640.0
What exactly is King implying here?
Why would the answer make any difference?
These questions, and so many more, remain unclear.
Who’s going to tell him how Black people got to Jamaica and how some of their descendants wound up with European bl… https://t.co/75WDO0BHik— Joy WE VOTED!! WEAR A MASK!! Reid 😷) (@Joy WE VOTED!! WEAR A MASK!! Reid 😷))1606073167.0
@SteveKingIA @KamalaHarris You misspelled, “Congratulations on your historic win, @KamalaHarris.” Read a book.— Wendy Boucher (@Wendy Boucher)1606074165.0
Yet another example of why the forthcoming 117th Congress will be a better Congress without him in it. https://t.co/0MHIcbQlGg— Jonathan Capehart (@Jonathan Capehart)1606105644.0
On Twitter, King's comments were met with incredibly strong criticism.
@SteveKingIA @KamalaHarris That’s a lot of big talk coming from a man whose gravesite is going to be a gender neutral restroom.— Aaron Wren (@Aaron Wren)1606073241.0
Just wondering @SteveKingIA, are you descendant from the Europeans who were sent to populate the “New World” who… https://t.co/dlTAyjZQXX— Dr. Avis (@Dr. Avis)1606099077.0
At one point, King tried to respond.
Why are you @KamalaHarris supporters throwing the dishes at me for asking an important question? Meet… https://t.co/bjAwOh5ZNe— Steve King (@Steve King)1606075516.0
But Twitter didn't seem swayed by his arguments.
Congressman Steve King. Is he a descendant of Judas or Ignorance— Cheryl Nanton (@Cheryl Nanton)1606200826.0
Steve King gonna Steve King, but the art of this tweet is how he hand-waves at Harris "making history" without sayi… https://t.co/vmaTdUDvzq— Dave Weigel (@Dave Weigel)1606072856.0
@SteveKingIA @KamalaHarris This is the Steve king that lost his congressional seat right? Yeah I thought so.— Lisa “Mask up”😷 (@Lisa “Mask up”😷)1606076839.0
Many hoped that with King's days in Congress numbered, he will soon disappear from the public eye.
@JDScholten Steve King is still a thing? I thought we finally fired him...?— Scruffy (@Scruffy)1606087690.0
@SteveKingIA @KamalaHarris When it’s comes to being a racist, Steve King is loud and proud.— NotafanofTrump 🌊 (@NotafanofTrump 🌊)1606079186.0
@SteveKingIA @KamalaHarris Never forget the fact that white supremacist Steve King was national co-chair of… https://t.co/aZkQPWoHqu— RozieK (@RozieK)1606076127.0
With a nonsensical, blatantly racist tweet is pretty much how everyone expected Steve King to exit Congress.
@SteveKingIA @KamalaHarris https://t.co/x4Jmic8htC— Racism Watchdog (@Racism Watchdog)1606175594.0
@SteveKingIA What the hell are you talking about you gross, incest-loving sad old racist creep— Tommy Vietor (@Tommy Vietor)1606071058.0
Thankfully, it seems voters have responded to King's racist remarks by making sure he doesn't have a national platform to publicly spout them from come January 2021.