LULAC Thanks Iowa Voters For Defeating Steve King
Nation’s Oldest and Largest Latino Civil Rights Organization Says Election Results Prove Voters Oppose Xenophobia and Racial Hate
Washington, DC - The League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) issued the following statement late Tuesday following the primary defeat of longtime Republican Congressional Representative Steve King from Iowa’s 4th District :
Domingo Garcia - National President
“Iowa voters have spoken loud and clear and sent Congressman King packing after twenty years in Washington. His constant anti-immigrant and racial remarks have no place in our country today and other politicians who use Jose y Maria as piñatas would do well to see where they will end up if they follow King’s example. Any elected official who questions why white supremacy and white nationalism are considered offensive or attempts to equate white supremacists with peaceful protestors and says there are fine people on both sides clearly is fanning the flames of racial bigotry and doesn’t belong in public office.
I am urging Iowa State Sen. Randy Feenstra (R) and Democractic candidate J.D. Scholten to create a different type of campaign based on the issues rather than divisive hate-based rhetoric. The people of Iowa’s 4th District deserve to have a strong voice in Washington that speaks for everyone, including Latinos, Blacks, Asians and Native Americans who live in northwestern Iowa. LULAC will monitor this race very closely to make sure we don’t see a repeat of another Steve King in Congress and we encourage everyone who can vote to do so in November.”
Nick Salazar - State Director - LULAC Iowa
“LULAC Iowa commends the voters of the 4th congressional district for exercising their Constitutional right and voting out the hate and division. For many years LULAC Iowa has challenged Steve King's hateful, divisive, and racist actions. We fought against his Iowa English-only law, boycotted his campaign contributors, called for his resignation, and condemned racist statement after racist statement. We will continue to take a stand against hate and make sure the Latino and immigrant voices of the 4th congressional district are heard at the ballot box in November."
The League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) is the nation’s largest and oldest civil rights volunteer-based organization that empowers Hispanic Americans and builds strong Latino communities. Headquartered in Washington, DC, with 1,000 councils around the United States and Puerto Rico, LULAC’s programs, services and advocacy address the most important issues for Latinos, meeting critical needs of today and the future. For more information, visit https://lulac.org/