MASON CITY — U.S. Rep. Steve King was welcomed with applause by 30 people Friday afternoon when he stopped at the GOP office in Mason City for a campaign rally.
The 4th District Republican praised President Donald Trump, criticized his opponent and the Democratic Party and urged residents to vote in Tuesday’s midterm election during a 30-minute rally.
Responding to the latest allegations of his alignment with a far-right Austrian political party, King called it “heat that’s coming down on me” and “a little bit of excitement” that’s based on “documented lies.”
“It isn’t just lies, it’s 180 degrees from the truth,” he said. “It’s taking the truth and flipping it all the way over.”
King asked those at the rally what they would like to see done in Washington, D.C.
“Stay strong with your illegal immigration thing,” one woman said.
King voiced support for Trump’s recent actions regarding the migrants crossing Mexico, asking his supporters, “What should we do with those folks who are coming at our border?”
Some said to turn the migrants away, while others suggested using fire trucks or alligators to deter them from crossing the border, which garnered applause, chuckles and praise.
Earlier, King criticized J.D. Scholten, the Democrat running against him for the House seat, while plugging his own pro-life and pro-gun positions.
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“He is the antithesis of what we believe, and the voters out here that agree with Donald Trump,” he said.
“Donald Trump and I stand together. That’s one of the reasons I’m being attacked because they want to knock down his support, so that they can impeach him. He and I stand in the same square.
“This president has us moving in the right direction. He’s operating as a guy that trusts his instincts,” he said. “That’s the difference between smart people and smart people that are really good.”
King also voiced support for Gov. Kim Reynolds, who is running against Democrat Fred Hubbell, stating she’s “a terrific individual” he’s known for a long time.
He encouraged Republicans to vote Tuesday, saying, “This needs to be the best turnout we’ve produced in a midterm election because now that we’ve earned something that’s got an infinite value in this country, ... we need to maintain it, and we need to take the next step up.”