Trump congratulates Steve King challenger on GOP primary win

President TrumpDonald John TrumpHouse panel approves 0.5B defense policy bill House panel votes against curtailing Insurrection Act powers after heated debate House panel votes to constrain Afghan drawdown, ask for assessment on 'incentives' to attack US troops MORE offered congratulations to state Sen. Randy Feenstra after he defeated embattled Rep. Steve KingSteven (Steve) Arnold KingColorado GOP Rep. Scott Tipton defeated in primary upset Bottom line House GOP leaders condemn candidate who said black people should be 'proud' of Confederate statues MORE in the Republican primary for Iowa's 4th Congressional District on Tuesday.

“Congratulations to Randy Feenstra on your big win in the Iowa Republican Primary. You will be a great Congressman!” Trump tweeted early Wednesday morning.

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King, who served in Congress for 18 years, has a history of incendiary comments on race and immigration and alienated much of the Republican Party.

House GOP leaders moved to strip King of his committee assignments in early 2019 after comments he made to The New York Times defending the terms “white supremacist” and “white nationalist.” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellFormer HUD Secretary: Congress 'should invest 0B in direct rental assistance' OVERNIGHT ENERGY: House approves .5T green infrastructure plan | Rubio looks to defense bill to block offshore drilling, but some fear it creates a loophole | DC-area lawmakers push for analysis before federal agencies can be relocated House approves .5T green infrastructure plan MORE (R-Ky.) urged King to “find another line of work” in the wake of the remarks.

Feenstra was declared the winner of Tuesday's GOP primary with 46 percent of the vote compared to King’s 36 percent, with 96 percent of precincts reporting.

“I am truly humbled by the outpouring of support over the past 17 months that made tonight possible and I thank Congressman King for his decades of public service," Feenstra said in a statement.

"As we turn to the General Election, I will remain focused on my plans to deliver results for the families, farmers and communities of Iowa," he continued. "But first, we must make sure this seat doesn’t land in the hands of [House Speaker] Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiHouse votes unanimously to extend deadline for coronavirus small-business loan program Overnight Defense: House panel votes to ban Confederate flag on all Pentagon property | DOD report says Russia working to speed US withdrawal from Afghanistan | 'Gang of Eight' to get briefing on bounties Thursday OVERNIGHT ENERGY: House approves .5T green infrastructure plan | Rubio looks to defense bill to block offshore drilling, but some fear it creates a loophole | DC-area lawmakers push for analysis before federal agencies can be relocated MORE and her liberal allies in Congress.”

In a video message, King blamed his defeat on “an effort to push out the strongest voice for full-spectrum constitutional, Christian conservatism” in Congress. He also said he warned Feenstra of “some powerful elements in the swamp that he’s going to have an awfully hard time pushing back against” during a concession call.