In a world where there seems to be little cause to celebrate the machinations of the political system, the news that Rep. Steve King lost his primary bid in Iowa was very welcome. Instead, Republican voters chose GOP state Sen. Randy Feenstra, NPR reports, another conservative Republican politician with a terrible voting record—but one who is not openly in favor using the terms “white supremacist” and “white nationalist” to describe himself, unlike King.
Even Donald Trump once called King “the world’s most conservative human being,” which is really saying something. In the last election, King was elected by only 3 percentage points when he was running against Democrat J.D. Scholten. And District 4 is very red. Other conservatives batted King’s vile words at him like he was a racist piñata and he raised only a third of the money as Feenstra.
Will Feenstra be a voice for reform or anything other than another Trump mouthpiece? Probably not, but ding-dong the Grand Wizard is dead:
Goodbye forever Steve King. Hope I never think of you or hear or type your name again.— Kumail Nanjiani (@kumailn) June 3, 2020
Between Steve King and this, tough day for the Confederacy.— Franklin Leonard (@franklinleonard) June 3, 2020
Bright side: The losing streak continues! https://t.co/Wb1Ao0176V
Steve king is a racist monster and I’m happy to see him go, I don’t doubt that the guy who beat him in the primary also sucks. pic.twitter.com/CrOWo1IC49— Molly Jong-Fast🏡 (@MollyJongFast) June 3, 2020
Iowa Steve King lost.— Stephen King (@StephenKing) June 3, 2020
I am the last Steve King standing.
(Takes a bow.)
The guy who asked how the terms "white nationalist, white supremacist, Western civilization" became offensive can now think about the answers from his garage. Beat it. #steveking https://t.co/59FPpp2pCh— Ava DuVernay (@ava) June 3, 2020
Steve King loses his primary and Frank Rizzo's statue removed on the same night? 2020, you capricious sprite. https://t.co/difJtofImK— CJ Ciaramella (@cjciaramella) June 3, 2020
For Rep Steve King, master of racism in Congress, to lose his GOP primary tonight, seems somehow fitting?— Andrea Mitchell (@mitchellreports) June 3, 2020
My official reaction to Rep. Steve King (Racist-IA) losing his primary..... pic.twitter.com/24rSHDv26X— Jonathan Capehart (@CapehartJ) June 3, 2020
Pouring one out for Steve King. One of this country’s dumbest elected officials. Here’s a couple of his greatest hits. pic.twitter.com/2bBmIlmcEt— chris (@TonyBeast1957) June 3, 2020
Goodbye, Rep. Steve King. You are certainly not the only white supremacist in federal government, but you were among the most prominent.— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) June 3, 2020
It’s a shame Republicans held you up as long as they did.
SEE YA 👋🏽 https://t.co/tymvh0hwLR
Though some fear that King will be resurrected somehow, since the entertainment industry is addicted to putting monstrous political figures, like Sean Spicer, back on the air in a frilled shirt:
So, is Steve King going on Dancing With The Stars or Fox News?— George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) June 3, 2020
Let’s forget Steve King forever as a popped pustule on the face of history, and turn our attention back to the people who will now be making decisions about the future of Iowa and the country. Like Feenstra, who was congratulated by Trump on Wednesday:
Congratulations to Randy Feenstra on your big win in the Iowa Republican Primary. You will be a great Congressman!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 3, 2020
There are still elections coming up, many important elections, and the opportunity to knock the slightly less awful GOPers out of office:
America: "Yay! Steve King lost his primary!"— Nick Knudsen 🇺🇸 #DemCast (@DemWrite) June 3, 2020
** America checks on new GOP nominee Randy Feenstra **
📢 PLEASE SUPPORT @JDScholten in his fight for #IA04. Just because Steve King lost, doesn't mean the work is done.
From Feenstra's website 👇 pic.twitter.com/HmK0FnnFQU
Yes, I too, am glad to see Steve King defeated in his primary bc he’s a racist piece of shit, but this pops up immediately when you go to Randy Feenstra’s website so hope everyone in IA-04 is ready to cast their ballot for @JDScholten in November! pic.twitter.com/Prttwdgitp— Juliana Amin (@jules_amin) June 3, 2020
As we celebrate the (likely) end to Steve King's career tonight, please know that Randy Feenstra is exactly who he told us he was this entire election cycle: a man with the same beliefs as Steve King, but who *whispers* the racism. IA-4 deserves better.— Murphy Burke (@murph_burke) June 3, 2020
While we celebrate Steve King's loss, Randy Feenstra defeated King on a primary campaign centered around King's inability to get the wall built.— Travis Akers (@travisakers) June 3, 2020
Feenstra is as racist and bad, just not as vocal - yet.
J.D. Scholten will need our support to flip #IA04.https://t.co/h3rb8ADkSy
Celebrate today and fight for better tomorrow!