Iowa congressman Steve King, who recently questioned why "white nationalist" has a negative connotation, had a glass of water thrown at him during a lunch outing on Friday, reports the Des Moines Register.
The man who tossed the drink, 26-year-old adoptee rights advocate Blake Gibbins, was arrested and charged with two misdemeanors; simple assault and disorderly conduct. Police believe Gibbins targeted King for his repeated racist, anti-Immigrant, anti-LGBTQ, and Islamophobic statements. Just this week, King said victims of Hurricane Katrina expected governmental aid, as opposed to Iowans recovering from recent floods. He also posted a transphobic meme that demonstrated support for a second Civil War.
King, a member of the U.S. House since 2003, has said undocumented immigrants have “calves the size of cantaloupes” because they’re hauling huge drug shipments; that same-sex couples are not a “natural family”; that transgender military members would be unable to defend Western civilization; and that only white people are responsible for creating that civilization. King posted the meme two days after the mass shootings at two New Zealand mosques, in which the accused gunman is believed to be a white supremacist.
King retweeted a message on Saturday from a supporter who objected to a GoFundMe page set up for Gibbins's legal expenses.
This is nuts. A thug attacked Steve King and @gofundme is allowing funds to be raised for him on its site...while banning conservatives, vaccine critics & anti-sharia protesters. Spread the word: @GoFundMe advocates violence.https://t.co/B3uKDdW5Zj
— Michelle Malkin (@michellemalkin) March 23, 2019