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 KingIowa Steak Fry to draw record crowds for Democrats Ocasio-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 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 TrumpGOP congressman slams Trump over report that U.S. bombed former anti-ISIS coalition headquarters US to restore 'targeted assistance' to Central American countries after migration deal Trump says lawmakers should censure Schiff 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 StiversFinancial sector's work on SAFE Banking Act shows together, everyone achieves more GOP ratchets up 2020 attacks as impeachment storm grows Let's improve state and federal regulation of bank vendors 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."