Wednesday was a normal day for Steve KingSteven (Steve) Arnold KingOcasio-Cortez rips Steve King after he shares video drinking from toilet-fountain hybrid at border Steve King says he drank from toilet at detention center Steve King jokes about China forcing Muslims to eat pork MORE until it wasn’t.

The Under the Radar Magazine politics editor was going about his business when his Twitter mentions started to rise, with some people calling him a dolt and questioning whether he was part of the human population.

“People call you, they’re like ‘oh, you’re a bigot. You’re a Nazi. You’re this. You’re that.’ It’s like, I’m just a dude,” King said.


King was getting called out because the other Steve King — the Iowa GOP congressman kicked of his congressional panels by Republicans outraged over his controversial statements — had become embroiled in yet another firestorm, this time for suggesting most of humanity was the result of rape and incest.

King – the magazine editor – had seen the comments and knew what was about to hit.

“I was like, here it comes,” said King, who is frequently mistaken online for the congressman.

One Twitter user accidentally tagging @steveking_ instead of @SteveKingIA asked whether the editor is “part of the human population.”

Another, replying to a tweet from Sen. Bill CassidyWilliam (Bill) Morgan CassidyRepublicans grumble over Trump shifting military funds to wall Push on 'surprise' medical bills hits new roadblocks Iowa professor resigns after saying he's affiliated with antifa MORE (R-La.), said “Well @steveking_ was a bigger dolt today but you are second in line for sheer stupid today.” 

King the editor takes it all in stride but acknowledges it can be a bit much.

“Sometimes I’ll be going about my day and you’ll start to get notifications,” said the editor, who tries to maintain a sense of humor and has made jokes about the vitriol he gets — by mistake — on Twitter.

King isn’t the only one who has to deal with mistaken identity when it comes to having a famous name on social media.

In fact, he’s not even the only Steve King.

Stephen King, famed author of “The Shining” and “Pet Semetery,” also tweeted about being confused with GOP Rep. Steve King.

“Let's get 1 thing straight. I'm not THAT Steve King,” he tweeted Thursday. 

The problem also ranges beyond Steve Kings, and can be an issue for people who just have similar names to the famous or sort-of famous.

Matt Gertz, a senior fellow at Media Matters for America, a progressive media watchdog group, said he is often confused for Rep. Matt GaetzMatthew (Matt) GaetzState probes of Google, Facebook to test century-old antitrust laws Five takeaways on Trump's ouster of John Bolton GOP lawmakers, states back gunmaker in Sandy Hook appeal MORE, the conservative Republican congressman from Florida.

He once repeatedly tweeted “wrong guy” to dozens of respondents who incorrectly tagged him as the congressman.

Misidentifications can border on the macabre.

Jeffrey R. Epstein, director of corporate communications at the Walt Disney Company, tweeted over the weekend about people confusing him with Jeffrey Epstein, the disgraced financier accused of sex trafficking and rape, who killed himself in his prison cell.

“I guess I should appreciate all the RIPs, but I’m not dead. And I’m still *not* THAT Jeffrey Epstein,” the Disney executive tweeted Saturday.

Friends of the Disney executive came to his defense, including actress Yvette Nicole Brown, who called the Epstein the “nicest guy ever.”

Kevin McCarthyKevin Owen McCarthyTrump touts Washington Post story on GOP support Pence extends olive branch to Cummings after Trump's Baltimore attacks Marijuana industry donations to lawmakers surge in 2019: analysis MORE, an entertainment and movie reporter at Fox5 in Washington, D.C., has been confused for Rep. Kevin McCarthy (Calif.), the House Republican leader.

On Thursday, the day after Rep. Steve King was making his controversial remarks, Kevin McCarthy the movie reporter commiserated with Stephen King the author.

McCarthy has taken another tactic for addressing the attacks he receives online when people disagree with something Rep. McCarthy has said or done.

He takes a word from a Twitter user’s message and finds a way to relate it to a movie he loves, inviting the person to talk about pop culture instead of politics.

“Personally, I kind of like having fun with it. It’s a great way to keep positivity on social media and also recommend movies that I love. So I look at it as a way to spin the negative into a positive,” McCarthy said. 

He said Rep. McCarthy has sometimes weighed in.

“The funniest part of this whole thing is that Representative Kevin McCarthy is fully aware of what is happening with my social media,” he said. "Therefore, sometimes he will actually respond and have fun with it too. I remember one time I posted something on Instagram about it and he responded with a joke about how he gets negative tweets about my movie review for 'Dolphin Tale 2.' ”