Steve King jokes about China forcing Muslims to eat pork

Steve King jokes about China forcing Muslims to eat pork
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Rep. Steve KingSteven (Steve) Arnold KingColorado GOP Rep. Scott Tipton defeated in primary upset Bottom line House GOP leaders condemn candidate who said black people should be 'proud' of Confederate statues MORE (R-Iowa) raised eyebrows on Tuesday for joking that Muslims should eat pork while discussing the abuse of Muslims in China.

King was speaking in Iowa about China forcing Muslim women to be sterilized, taking away their children and forcing them to eat pork, which is forbidden in the Islamic religion, according to the Washington Examiner.

“They want them to put on Chinese clothing and eat Chinese diet, which includes trying to force the Muslims to eat pork,” King said. “That’s actually the only part of that that I agree with. Everybody ought to eat pork. If you have a shortage of bacon, you can’t be happy.”


King quickly sparked attention on social media, with several users roasting the lawmaker for his remarks. 

King’s comments come weeks after he garnered widespread backlash for comments he made to a conservative group in Des Moines, Iowa, where he defended not providing exceptions for rape and incest in abortion bans by arguing many people have incidents of rape or incest in their family histories.

"What if we went back through all the family trees and just pulled those people out that were products of rape and incest? Would there be any population of the world left if we did that?" King said, according to the Des Moines Register.

He added, "Considering all the wars and all the rapes and pillages taken place and whatever happened to culture after society? I know I can't certify that I'm not a part of a product of that.”