Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) sent a blistering come-back after Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) called for his resignation via Twitter, telling Gillibrand that the odds of him stepping down from office were as nil as her chance of winning the presidential nomination.
What are the details?
Gillibrand joined several other lawmakers Wednesday in saying King should leave his congressional seat, after he told an audience earlier in the week, “What if we went back through all the family trees and just pulled anyone who was a product of rape or incest? Would there be any population of the world left if we did that?”
The Hill reported that the Republican was defending “anti-abortion legislation he sponsored in Congress that did not have exceptions for rape or incest.”
On Thursday, King defended himself, and issued a scathing rebuke against Gillibrand in the process, tweeting, “Kiersten [sic]: Odds of my resigning are the same as yours of winning the nomination for POTUS: ZERO.”
King note that two outlets who had first reported on his comments — The Des Moines Register and the Associated Press — had both corrected their stories, which he called “erroneous,” before he went after Gillibrand’s record by adding, “You’re Pro-Abortion and Pro-PBA & Pro-Infanticide & believe ProLifers are the moral equivalent of racists & anti-Semites.”
In response, Gillibrand wrote on Twitter, “You know when you’re getting under Steve King’s skin this much, you’re doing something right,” before correcting him on the spelling of her name.