Rep. Steve KingSteven (Steve) Arnold KingGOP brawls over Trump on eve of first Jan. 6 hearing Pence to visit Iowa to headline event for congressman Former Steve King challenger on rural voters in GOP states: 'They hate Democrats' MORE (R-Iowa) sparred with Sen. Kirsten GillibrandKirsten GillibrandOvernight Energy & Environment — Biden makes return to pre-Trump national monument boundaries official Biden signs bill to help victims of 'Havana syndrome' Lawmakers using leadership PACs as 'slush funds' to live lavish lifestyles: report MORE (D-N.Y.) on Thursday night over the Democratic presidential candidate's call for him to resign, retorting that the odds of his stepping down from Congress were equal to hers of winning the party's nomination to take on President TrumpDonald TrumpRobert Gates says 'extreme polarization' is the greatest threat to US democracy Cassidy says he won't vote for Trump if he runs in 2024 Schiff says holding Bannon in criminal contempt 'a way of getting people's attention' MORE in 2020.
"Kiersten: [sic] Odds of my resigning are the same as yours of winning the nomination for POTUS: ZERO," King tweeted, taking aim at Gillibrand's pro-choice stance.
Kiersten: Odds of my resigning are the same as yours of winning the nomination for POTUS: ZERO. BTW, the DMR & AP have corrected the erroneous story you linked. You’re Pro-Abortion & Pro-PBA & Pro-Infanticide & believe ProLifers are the moral equivalent of racists & antiSemites. https://t.co/d4snnHVreS— Steve King (@SteveKingIA) August 16, 2019
Gillibrand, responding to King's Thursday tweet, wrote, "You know when you’re getting under Steve King’s skin this much, you’re doing something right."
You know when you’re getting under Steve King’s skin this much, you’re doing something right.— Kirsten Gillibrand (@SenGillibrand) August 16, 2019
P.s. It’s Kirsten. https://t.co/HcbcTDk0vt
The back-and-forth came after Gillibrand on Wednesday called for the embattled nine-term congressman to step down from his position after King questioned whether there would be "any population of the world left" if not for rape and incest throughout history.
"What if we went back through all the family trees and just pulled out anyone who was a product of rape or incest? Would there be any population of the world left if we did that?" King told a crowd at the Westside Conservative Club. “Considering all the wars and all the rapes and pillages that happened throughout all these different nations, I know that I can't say that I was not a part of a product of that."
King was speaking in Urbandale, Iowa, where he defended anti-abortion legislation he sponsored in Congress that did not have exceptions for rape or incest.
Other Democratic presidential hopefuls, including Sens. Cory BookerCory BookerDefense & National Security — Military starts giving guidance on COVID-19 vaccine refusals Senators preview bill to stop tech giants from prioritizing their own products Blinken pressed to fill empty post overseeing 'Havana syndrome' MORE (N.J.), Bernie SandersBernie SandersPressure grows for breakthrough in Biden agenda talks Sanders, Manchin escalate fight over .5T spending bill Sanders blames media for Americans not knowing details of Biden spending plan MORE (I-Vt.) and Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenMisguided recusal rules lock valuable leaders out of the Pentagon Biden's soft touch with Manchin, Sinema frustrates Democrats Hillicon Valley — Presented by LookingGlass — Congress makes technology policy moves MORE (D-Mass.) called for King's resignation. Members of King's party, including House Republican Conference Chairwoman Liz CheneyElizabeth (Liz) Lynn CheneyBennie Thompson not ruling out subpoenaing Trump Anti-Trump Republicans endorsing vulnerable Democrats to prevent GOP takeover Thiel backing Trump-supported challenger to Cheney: report MORE (Wyo.), hit the congressman over his remarks.
King sparked bipartisan backlash in January for questioning during an interview with The New York Times how terms such as "white supremacist" and "white nationalist" became "offensive."
The comments were quickly denounced and House Republicans responded by removing King from his positions on the House Judiciary, Agriculture and Small Business committees.