Really Racist Guy Loses to Regular Racist Guy

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U.S. Representative Steve King, who has long had the honor of being the biggest white supremacist in a party full of them, lost his Congressional seat tonight. Sad!

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King, who has (poorly) represented Iowa’s fourth Congressional district since 2003, lost to primary challenger Randy Feenstra. Sadly, King didn’t lose entirely because Iowans are fed up with some of his greatest hits—which include meeting with white supremacist organizations overseas, claiming humanity wouldn’t exist without rape or incest, asking why “White nationalist, white supremacist, Western civilization” was offensive, and once literally telling Chris Cuomo, “I’d like to see an America that’s just so homogenous that we look a lot the same”—so much as the Republicans finally stripped him of his committee assignments in January 2019, rendering him ineffective in office.

Feenstra, meanwhile, is a self-proclaimed Christian conservative, a big Trump fan, anti-abortion, and more likely than King to beat his Democratic challenger for the seat in the fall. Still, a white supremacist gone is a white supremacist gone.

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Here are some headlines to remember him by:

Butter Abandons Racist

Steve King Does Not Like It When You Remind Him How Racist He Is

Steve King Isn’t Sure We’d Even HAVE Humans Without Rape or Incest

Rep. Steve King Thinks Most Immigrants Are Evil Marijuana Smugglers

GOP Congressman Pretty Sure Only White People Contributed to Civilization

We’ll miss you, Steve. JK, no we won’t, bye forever! Or at least until Dancing With the Stars returns in 2025.

Night blogger, author of GOOD THINGS HAPPEN TO PEOPLE YOU HATE.

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Well, there is an obvious downside: there’s only so much you can do about the Iowa 4th District, because it’s rural, white and has little in the way of college education. Put that together, and you’ve got yourself a Trump District Cocktail. As much as I would like non-college educated rural whites to see their interests differently, they clearly seem to understand what their interests are, and intend to act on those interests regardless of my opinion on the matter.

That being said, in a world where most good comes from making small, incremental changes here and there, excising outright racists like Steve King from the party is an incremental move in the right direction, and I will take it. Even if I can’t get these rural whites to recognize that aligning themselves with plutocrats over working-class minorities is a terrible business decision, I will accept minimum standards of decorum, which Steve King obviously falls beneath.

And indeed, one can always hold out hope that some of those rural whites will start interrogating why those minimum standards of decorum exist, and how Steve King’s failure to abide by them is not just bad P.R. Any win for the good guys, however marginal, is ultimately still a win.