Notorious white supremacist Steve King has been representing Iowa in the U.S. House for more than a decade. I wish I could say it was surprising that he keeps getting reelected, but in an era where candidates get open support from the KKK and don’t even bother distancing themselves from it, it has become a sad fact of life: Racists are woven into the fabric of American society until we can bleach them out.
One native Iowan woman aimed to do just that. Kim Weaver is an advocate for seniors who works for the Iowa Long-Term Care Ombudsman. She started her campaign for Congress as not just a woman who wanted to get things done for the 4th District and her state, but very specifically to unseat Steve King. Long known as one of the very worst conservatives in the House of Representatives, even some of King’s own party have criticized him for his over-the-top statements and ridiculous television appearances. Here’s King at the Republican National Convention last year, saying that no group has “contributed more to civilization” than white people:
That kind of rhetoric gets supporters whose votes are based on the same sentiment fired up. How fired up? Apparently, enough to threaten the life of his opponents.
On Saturday, Ms. Weaver posted sad news for her voters on her Facebook page:
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Weaver was unable to continue her campaign; her health (and her mother’s) would not permit it, and even if it had, she could no longer abide the death threats. In her message, she promised that all the funds she’s raised so far in the campaign would be distributed across her district in order to continue the effort of removing Steve King from office.
It’s unfortunate that Ms. Weaver could not go on. We have a shortage of people willing to take on solidly “red” districts in the House, when the truth is, America is not as racist as the Representatives who appeal to the lowest common denominator in this country.
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