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Just Two People Showed Up To Rep. Steve King’s Town Hall After ‘Rape And Incest’ Controversy

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Just Two People Showed Up To Rep. Steve King’s Town Hall After ‘Rape And Incest’ Controversy





Following his widely-condemned statements about the importance of rape and incest, embattled Rep. Steve King (R-IA) had just two people show up to his town hall meeting in Iowa, reports Vanity Fair.

A photo of the town hall meeting was posted on Twitter by Reuters photo editor Corinne Perkins.

The Iowa Starting Line reports that a hungover 21-year-old University of Northern Iowa student and an intern for the congressman were the two people pictured in the now-viral photo.

“It was just odd because I don’t know what the record was for the world’s smallest town hall is, but one person I think has to be it,” Jessica Birch told the newspaper. “I was the only person who was not paid to be there.”

“It was very awkward, it was a very weird thing,” she recalled. “Part of me wanted to leave, but it would be rude to leave, and the Midwestern part of me couldn’t do that. I feel bad for him a bit. But then part of me was really, really angry because other Democrats didn’t show up. I kind of let stuff he said slide, on stuff like abortion and health care, because I don’t want to get in an argument with him. I already know you’re wrong. Let’s talk about things I actually care about.”



King was recently quoted by the Des Moines Register saying, “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?”

King, who has defended the term “white supremacist” and tweeted “our civilization” cannot be restored “with somebody else’s babies,” insisted he was misquoted by the media and demanded an apology from all sides.

The Iowa congressman was roundly condemned by Democrats and GOP alike—even President Trump acknowledged “Certainly it wasn’t a good statement.”

King’s nearly-empty town hall was quickly mocked online








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