It might have been a good idea for Akron locals to clear out after white nationalist sympathizer Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) boasted in a tweet Saturday that he and Donald Trump Jr. were setting out on a “peasant hunt” in Iowa. The foray sounded even more ominous because King touted Trump’s shooting skill along with his extreme support of the Second Amendment’s right to bear arms.
King quickly corrected the tweet to what he intended to say all along and announced instead an Iowa “pheasant hunt,” — meaning birds, not people — causing peasants everywhere to breathe a sigh of relief. But it was far too late to keep Twitter quiet about the embarrassing gaffe.
Social media users took the opportunity to take shots at Trump and King, who has a controversial history of racist digs, appealing to white nationalist rhetoric. King came under a storm of criticism in March after he spoke up in support of far-right Dutch politician Geert Wilders. He tweeted that Wilders understands that we “can’t restore our civilization with someone else’s babies,” apparently referring to immigrants or people of color.
Former Ku Klux Klansman David Duke tweeted in return: “God bless Steve King!” King has also questioned what value nonwhites have contributed to the Republican Party.
King invited Trump on the opening day of pheasant season for his annual Col. Bud Day Pheasant Hunt Saturday at the private Hole ’N the Wall Lodge and preserve in Akron, the Wisconsin-based Chippewa Herald reported. King hosts the two-day hunt each year as a political fundraiser.
Trump, who nailed a bird or two, recounted “witty” campaign stories to participants, said King, but avoided the press tagging along on the hunt. The 30 politicians on the hunt bagged about 95 birds. Trump Jr.’s hunting landed him in hot water in 2012 when he released several photos of himself with dead animals he had killed while on a safari. In one photo he proudly held aloft the tail of an elephant he had killed.