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 KingMother of child in viral meme sends Steve King cease-and-desist for using image in fundraising Nebraska Democratic Party Chair: Rural vote should be 'bedrock' of party With surge in anti-Semitism, political leaders need to be aggressive and reflective in response 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 TrumpRussian sanctions will boomerang States, cities rethink tax incentives after Amazon HQ2 backlash A Presidents Day perspective on the nature of a free press 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 StiversHouse passes bill to allow VA to fund service dogs for veterans with PTSD Koch campaign touts bipartisan group behind ag labor immigration bill Waters clashes with Trump officials over 'disastrous' housing plans 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."