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Members of Congress have an obligation to contribute constructively to the legislative process and to public dialogue. U.S. Rep. Steve King, in contrast, continues to indulge in incendiary or strange rhetoric.

The latest example: his bizarre statement this week about rape and incest.

Speaking before a conservative group in the Des Moines suburb of Urbandale, the Iowa congressman reviewed legislation he has sought that would outlaw abortions without exceptions for rape and incest.

King justified the lack of exceptions by questioning how many people would be alive if not for those conceived through rapes and incest.

“What if we went back through all the family trees and just pulled those people out that were products of rape and incest? Would there be any population of the world left if we did that?” King said. “Considering all the wars and all the rape and pillage that’s taken place ... I know I can’t certify that I’m not a part of a product of that.”

A previous statement on white supremacy by the Iowa lawmaker rightly earned him a rebuke from the head of the National Republican Congressional Committee and expulsion from his congressional committees.

King ill serves Iowa with his irresponsible statements. Surely the 4th District can do better.

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