Steve King has been a Republican Congressional representative in Iowa for the last 13 years. He’s not a progressive man. He also looks like a villain in a Purge movie.
In 2009, after the state supreme court ruled against the state’s same-sex ban, Steve King mounted a successful $80,000 campaign to get three of the judges who ruled in favor of same-sex marriage basically fired.
In 2013, King had this to say about undocumented immigrants: “For every one who’s a valedictorian, there’s another 100 out there who weigh 130 pounds—and they’ve got calves the size of cantaloupes because they’re hauling 75 pounds of marijuana across the desert.”
In 2009, he disparaged President Obama’s middle name. He’s also said that Obama’s legislation favors black people. He further thinks that racial profiling is not only acceptable, but important.
Rep. Steve King is a human septic tank.
He also has a Confederate flag on his desk, which he says is his right under the First Amendment. He’s not wrong about that, just as we have a First Amendment right to suggest that he is a living, breathing testicle vein.
Here’s the thing about Confederate Flags. Basically, if you own a Confederate Flag and display it, one of these two statements apply to you:
1) If you are from the South, you’re disguising your racism or — at the very least racist insensitivity — underneath a claim of “heritage,” or Southern Pride. By Southern Pride, we mean “pride” in your racist past. There is no wiggle room in that regard. You can’t dismiss it simply as a symbol of “cultural heritage” when your “cultural heritage” is one of oppression and enslavement. You can’t argue “heritage not hate” when that heritage is one of hate.
Or 2) If you are not from the South and own a Confederate flag, and you are a straight-up racist. You have zero justification. You may as well be wearing a goddamn Klan hood. You don’t even have plausible deniability when it comes to your racism. Claiming a First Amendment right to own a Confederate flag is basically claiming a First Amendment right to be a racist trash monster. In fact, you’re worse than a racist, because you’re also dishonoring the people of your own goddamn state’s past, who fought against the very slavery that flag represents.
TL;DR: If you own a Confederate flag and are from the South, you are a racist. If you own a Confederate flag and you are from the North, you are a super racist.