Just a few days after a mass shooting killed 50 people in a terrorist attack on two New Zealand mosques Congressman Steve King took to his official Facebook page to share a low-quality meme about a potential second American civil war.
In the now-deleted post King shared a meme that read “Folks keep talking about another civil war / One side has about 8 trillion bullets, while the other side doesn’t know which bathroom to use” to which King added “wonder which side would win…” and a smirking emoji.
Just an elected official joking on his verified Facebook account over the weekend about a civil war and how his side would be more heavily armed pic.twitter.com/DrzHr0q4V5— Tim Mak (@timkmak) March 18, 2019
It’s the kind of thing a 15 year-old edgelord would post, not a sitting representative of the U.S. government. Somehow in a single post King managed to both glorify violence, fantasize about the destruction of the country that he works for, and bash liberals for caring about trans rights issues. Yessir that Steve King is a real triple threat: a bigot, an assh*le and a moron.
The timing of the post was especially eyebrow-raising coming, as it did, in the immediate wake of the Christchurch mass shooting as anxieties about hatred and gun violence are on the rise. King is one of the most openly bigoted members of Congress and, while he claims not to be a white nationalist, has tweeted things like “demographics are our destiny. we can’t restore our civilization with somebody else’s babies.”
He’s also done other classy things like bash survivors of the Parkland school shooting.
So now he’s moved on to civil war fantasies, as you do.
Rep. Steve King, who has a long history of touting white nationalism, shared a graphic that imagined “another civil war,” this time between red & blue states: “One side has about 8 trillion bullets, while the other side doesn’t know which bathroom to use.” https://t.co/JrozTI6ulG— Jon Cooper (@joncoopertweets) March 18, 2019
Steve King is a Reddit thread come to life. https://t.co/LQKX1aQshA— Johanna (@Johanna_Ann) March 18, 2019
Adding to the absurdity of it all, it was quickly pointed out that King’s meme celebrating war, death, and transphobia places his own state of Iowa on the losing side.
Not the first to point this out, but:— Ben Burris (@BurrisCommaBen) March 18, 2019
his state is on the blue side,
they don't know how big Alaska is,
the bathroom bill boogeyman was in NC, a red state in the graphic
Iowa is blue, so which side does he think he’s on?— RuhRho (@RuhRho) March 18, 2019
And Steve King really is a moron. pic.twitter.com/xe56Q1pQ55— Helen Kennedy (@HelenKennedy) March 18, 2019
Even in the current, fraught political climate people pointed out how wild it was that an elected official was joking around about a nation-destroying civil war and wondered how Republicans and the media would react if, say, Congresswoman Ilhan Omar had made such a statement and not a very white man.
So, White Supremacist @SteveKingIA has done it again, taking to his social media and posting a meme that incites a civil war.— Ricky Davila (@TheRickyDavila) March 18, 2019
This should considered an act of sedition and treason in a normal democracy.
...but a Black Muslim woman.
...but her emails.
But please, keep telling me why @IlhanMN deserves to be out of Congress...— Dave Schwartz (@davesch7) March 18, 2019
[email protected] • Speaking of inappropriate conduct by a House Member. Will this be getting any comments from GOP leadership (or @RuthMarcus), or would he need to wearing a hijab before we could expect that? https://t.co/sXtXRCeE8d https://t.co/KXy7anNFfH— Shoq Value (@Shoq) March 18, 2019
Congressman Steve King having an extremely normal one saying his state would be on the winning side of a violent civil war pic.twitter.com/K6rxvTAlz4— Grace Panetta (@grace_panetta) March 18, 2019
My three part plan to save NYC from ocupation by red staters in Steve King's civil war:— Alan Scherstuhl (@studiesincrap) March 18, 2019
* shut down the escalators in the train stations
* stop giving directions to out-of-towners
* Never explain to them how ride apps work
48 hours in the GOP: Trump defends bigoted anti-Muslim comments by a Fox host after a massacre of Muslims; @GOP tweets a bigoted anti-Irish meme to attack a Democrat, and a white supremacist Congressman suggests Republicans would win a civil war because they have more bulllets. pic.twitter.com/zDZvjxRiJM— Brian Klaas (@brianklaas) March 18, 2019
@SteveKingIA No one “wins” in a Civil War. The only beneficiaries from a divided America at war with itself are our enemies. It’s far cheaper to divide us & set us against each other than to invade our country. Promoting this ideology only aids those who would destroy the US.— Elisa Spencer (@ElisafromCA) March 18, 2019
On the Sunday after a white supremacist terrorist killed 50 people:— Keith Boykin (@keithboykin) March 18, 2019
?? Republican Steve King threatened civil war
?? The RNC tweeted a drunken Irish stereotype for St. Patrick's Day
?? Trump whined about an SNL rerun and attacked John McCain pic.twitter.com/HGmEZY5rtX
Cannot believe serious journalists took the right-wing outrage over Rep. Omar seriously.— Carlos Maza (@gaywonk) March 17, 2019
Sitting Republican congressman fantasizing about civil war. Won’t even be a news story tomorrow. https://t.co/tZG2EuUvKz
And @SteveKingIA pretends to be a patriot while he's rubbing his hands together delightedly at the prospect of another deadly civil war. Reminder: these war-mongers have never experienced the horror they so eagerly anticipate.— Jess Phoenix ? (@jessphoenix2018) March 18, 2019
"War is hell." - W.T. Sherman#MondayMotivation https://t.co/yu122paREp
no one in America has anything resembling the organizational infrastructure or even inclination to actually function as a big unified 'side' and a civil war here would almost certainly resemble Lebanon's more than it would the Union v Confederacy— Saladin Ahmed (@saladinahmed) March 18, 2019
Steve King needs to be thrown out of Congress immediately. Why are our tax dollars paying for him to promote civil war using guns?— Olga Lautman (@olgaNYC1211) March 18, 2019
Will this even get 1/100th of the coverage of Omar's comments? https://t.co/EruaAkMruB— Lincoln Michel (@TheLincoln) March 18, 2019
Here is a sitting U.S congressman joking about a civil war..— Oskaer (@Osman__13) March 18, 2019
Steve King should be expelled from Congress.. pic.twitter.com/XeSlveqaum
Imagine being a member of Congress and posting a meme joking about a civil war. You don’t have to imagine it because Nazi Louie Gohmert just did it. https://t.co/MACX7PWHWl— Molly Jong-Fast (@MollyJongFast) March 18, 2019
Just white supremacist congressman Steve King joking about civil war pic.twitter.com/AqpXkzIvRC— Brian Tashman (@briantashman) March 17, 2019
The fact that people like Steve King and Donald Trump can rise to the top of the Republican party tells you everything you need to know about the Republican party.— Jon Zal (@OfficialJonZal) March 18, 2019