Noted homophobic Congressman Steve King spent the last moments before the midterms speculating that two Supreme Court justices are lesbians and raging at national Republicans for sending money to a gay U.S. House candidate in California.
King, an Iowa Republican, made the comments while speaking to voters Monday in Hampton, Iowa, journalist Adam Rubenstein of The Weekly Standard tweeted. King predicted Republicans will gain a 7-2 Supreme Court majority after the election, and that maybe the GOP will get lucky and “Kagan and Sotomayor will elope to Cuba.”
That’s a reference to Elena Kagan and Sonia Sotomayor, the two justices nominated to the high court by President Barack Obama.
Also Monday, Andrew Bates, communications director for the American Bridge PAC, released video on Twitter of King complaining about the National Republican Congressional Committee’s support of a gay candidate.
“They also sent money over to support a candidate in a primary in California who had a same-sex partner that they put all over glossy mailers,” King said in the video.
Now @SteveKingIA is attacking the NRCC for backing a gay candidate:
"They sent money over to support a candidate in a primary in California who had a same-sex partner that they put all over glossy mailers...That's hard to write a check to those guys when they do that." #IA04 pic.twitter.com/TXrF67KIoE
— Andrew Bates (@AndrewBatesNC) November 6, 2018
That appears to be a reference Carl DeMaio, a former San Diego City Councilman who challenged Democrat Scott Peters in a congressional election in 2014.
However, it wasn’t DeMaio’s alleged misbehavior that upset King, but the fact that he had a same-sex partner and wasn’t ashamed of it.
“I don't know if they were holding hands or what was the deal,” King said in the video. “That's hard to write a check to those guys when they do that.”
Notably, that race took place four years ago. There are no gay Republicans receiving NRCC money this year.
King is one of the leading homophobes in Congress. This year he has a strong challenger in Democrat J.D. Scholten, an LGBTQ ally.