Steve King: Maybe Sotomayor and Kagan will 'elope to Cuba'

Steve King: Maybe Sotomayor and Kagan will 'elope to Cuba'

GOP Rep. Steve KingSteven (Steve) Arnold KingYoung Turks reporter tricks Steve King into tweeting about 'A Few Good Men' villain Holocaust survivor who offered to tour Auschwitz with Ocasio-Cortez calls for her to 'be removed from Congress' Liz Cheney hits back at Ocasio-Cortez over concentration camp comments: 'This isn't model Congress' MORE (Iowa) said Monday that he hopes former President Obama’s Supreme Court appointees, Justices Elena Kagan and Sonia Sotomayor, will “elope to Cuba.”

King, who has often made headlines for controversial remarks, made the comment at a campaign appearance, according to The Washington Post. The Post cited a tweet from Weekly Standard assistant opinion editor Adam Rubenstein.

The GOP lawmaker reportedly expressed optimism about having a “7-2 court” if Republicans are successful in Tuesday’s midterm elections, and said that maybe “Kagan and Sotomayor will elope to Cuba.”

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King, who is set to appear alongside Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds (R) at a campaign event Monday night, is facing a tougher-than-anticipated challenge from Democrat J.D. Scholten in a district won by President TrumpDonald John TrumpEsper sidesteps question on whether he aligns more with Mattis or Trump Warren embraces Thiel label: 'Good' As tensions escalate, US must intensify pressure on Iran and the IAEA MORE by 27 points.

He has been harshly criticized by Democrats and Republicans alike over his controversial comments about immigration and diversity, and for support of white nationalist politicians and related groups in other countries.

National Republican Congressional Committee Chairman Rep. Steve StiversSteven (Steve) Ernst StiversOvernight Defense: Woman accusing general of sexual assault willing to testify | Joint Chiefs pick warns against early Afghan withdrawal | Tensions rise after Iran tries to block British tanker House approves amendment to reverse transgender military ban Fed chief: Facebook crypto project poses 'serious concerns' for economy, consumers MORE (R-Ohio) has called some of King's recent behavior and comments “completely inappropriate.”

A number of companies have also announced that they will no longer donate to King’s campaign.

The New York Times on Saturday issued an unprecedented update to a story, changing a reference to "racially tinged" comments by King into a reference to a “history of racist remarks."