Steve King says 'left-wing media' and GOP leadership owe him apology after rape, incest comments

GOP Rep. Steve KingSteven (Steve) Arnold KingWhy the GOP march of mad hatters poses a threat to our Democracy MSNBC's Donny Deutsch: 'Pathetic' Republicans who stormed closed hearing are 'boring, nerdy-looking white guys' Overnight Defense: Trump lifts sanctions on Turkey | 'Small number' of troops to remain by Syrian oil fields | Defense official's impeachment testimony delayed five hours after Republicans storm secure room MORE (Iowa) on Saturday said that the media and the Republican Party's leadership owe him an apology in the wake of a controversy stemming from his recent comments about rape and incest. 

Speaking at a town hall in his hometown of Storm Lake, Iowa, King was asked if he would stand by remarks in which he questioned whether there would be "any population of the world left" if not for rape and incest throughout history. 

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King pushed back, asserting that the comment gained national headlines because a "very active and vibrant left-wing media" picked up a misquote from the Des Moines Register's initial reporting, CNN reported. He also contended that the media "decided to do a hack job." 

"Iowans are significantly more positive than they are negative, and they know it's a misquote, and they know [The Associated Press] has, I'll say, retracted the quote that they initially used because they relied on the Des Moines Register, who did the same," King said, according to video from NBC affiliate WHO. "So when we have a national, viral attack that comes down on a misquote and it's absolutely proven, all the folks that did that attack, I think they owe me an apology, including my own leadership. I don't expect that's going to happen because egos are a little too strong in this business."

The Des Moines Register last week corrected a quote related to King's remarks about members of Congress who co-sponsored legislation of his. The AP never issued a retraction of its story. 

King on Saturday went on to defend his stance on abortion and the legislation he has devised that would ban the procedure after the detection of a fetal heartbeat, which can occur within six weeks of a pregnancy. 

"I did not allow exceptions for rape and incest in that bill because those babies that are born as a product of those activities [rape and incest] are as precious as you are or any of my grandchildren are," King said, CNN noted.
 
King, who has a history of making controversial statements on subjects such as immigration, last week sparked outrage from Republicans and Democrats after making remarks about rape and incest while defending anti-abortion legislation. 

"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 asked 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."

House Republican Conference Chairwoman Liz CheneyElizabeth (Liz) Lynn CheneyLive updates on impeachment: Schiff fires warning at GOP over whistleblower Overnight Defense: Protests at Trump's NYC Veterans Day speech | House Dems release Pentagon official's deposition transcript | Lawmakers ask Trump to rescind Erdogan invite Cheney calls for Turkish leader's bodyguards to be banned from re-entering US MORE (R-Wyo.) was one of many lawmakers to call for King to resign, saying in a tweet that he has "to go."

King earlier this year gained the same type of scrutiny after questioning why the terms "white supremacist" and "white nationalist" had become "offensive." 

House Republicans responded by removing King from his positions on the House Judiciary, Agriculture and Small Business committees. The House also passed a resolution condemning white nationalism and white supremacy following the remarks. 

The Hill has requested additional comment from King on his latest remarks.