The only member of Congress known for lamenting the decline of white Americans and making racist remarks about the size of immigrants’ calf muscles is out of a job next year.
Rep. Steve King was defeated in a five-person primary Tuesday by a fellow Republican, Iowa state Sen. Randy Feenstra, who had received support from a national GOP establishment that finally invested deeply in an effort to oust King. Their success brings to an end the two-decade congressional career of a man who managed to make himself a notorious national figure and persona non grata within the GOP even during the boundary-pushing Trump era of American politics.
Back in 2016, GOP presidential hopefuls trying to make their mark in the Iowa caucus fought each other for the chance to stand with King, whose endorsement used to be political gold in the early voting state. When King backed Sen. Ted Cruz—who ultimately won the Iowa caucus—the conservative Texan celebrated the show of support by tweeting he was “beyond honored to receive” the endorsement and named King a national campaign co-chairman.