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Many have seen @SteveKingIA's viral meltdown.

King continued, made the rounds of local TV, calling comparisons with the #TreeOfLife shooter "insane, denying @washingtonpost reporting about collaborating with anti semitic websites, and defending the anti-Semitic FPO.

As the more complex aspects of the story break into TV especially, the mounting, well-documented evidence is presented as one side, and King's lies, avoidance, and anger is the other, with little clarity or context for audiences who haven't been reading the @washingtonpost.
I understand the limitations of TV, and I think most journalists are doing a great job with a very crowded election season and a lot of news to cover.

But this story is bigger than the election and it's important that @SteveKingIA's lies are not propagated unchallenged.
It's true for national TV, but most Iowans are hearing about new revelations about King's white supremacy from @KCCINews, @WHOhd, @weareiowa5news, @kcautv, @kmeg14, and @ktivnews, so the stakes are higher.

So here's a helpful FACT CHECK of @SteveKingIA for everybody.
1. @SteveKingIA calls comparisons to #TreeofLifeShooter "insane"

In a #3DChess move that you get when your son is your campaign manager, King decided to post his meltdown himself, confident that people would think the comparison is unfair.

But the question was not asked lightly. We have all seen the quotes from the #TreeofLifeSynogogue shooter's social media each one of them closely mirrors a statement from @SteveKingIA's long record of propagating white supremacist ideology. Read here:…
The #TreeofLife shooter targeted the Jewish synagogue because HIAS immigration lawyers were helping immigrant "invaders"."

@SteveKingIA threatened immigration lawyers on Fox News for facilitating an "invasion."
Right before the #treeoflife gunman killed 11 people, he said "optics" prevented people from acting on the "slaughter" caused by immigration.

@SteveKingIA said failing to pass stricter immigration restrictions was sacrificing thousands on the "altar of political correctness."
The #treeoflife gunman and @SteveKingIA are both believers in the white supremacists conspiracy theory of "the Great Replacement."

The shooter blamed Jews.
King blamed Soros
That's why @SteveKingIA melted down when asked to distinguish his ideology from the #TreeofLife shooter.

He can't come up with an answer.

Reading these quotes, can you?…
2. King calls heavily documented @washingtonpost story "fake news"

After King had his constituent ejected, he blamed all the controversy on a story that broke Thursday by @mikedebonis, bizarrely reading it aloud in its entirety and denying it.

.@mikedebonis revealed @SteveKingIA tricked a Holocaust memorial non-profit into financing a trip to Europe where he spoke to a notorious anti-Semitic website.

Many locally have characterized this as "King denies, Post stands by story."

This horrible story is airtight @SteveKingIA so he only has two responses:

1. Make up a different claim and deny that.

2. Yell about fake news.

Don't let him change the subject. King cannot deny this core assertion from @mikedebonis of the @washingtonpost:
Click the link in that quote. @SteveKingIA's own paperwork says his international travel to and from Europe was paid for by the Holocaust memorial non-profit, so his personally purchased trip to Vienna to meet with the anti-Semitic site was affordable.…

@SteveKingIA is a bit incoherent on the meeting. He claims he was at a different meeting? About business?And a Jew was there?

This is the anti-Semitic propaganda site interview.

Don't let him change the subject…
3. @SteveKingIA defends Austrian far right, neo-Nazi party, FPO (Freedom Party of Austria)

IMPORTANT: Do not let these claims go unchallenged in your reporting.

The FPO has been condemned by the @ADL_National as anti-Semitic.…
Anytime you quote @SteveKingIA's defenses of the FPO you NEED to include the facts in the @ADL_National's request for @SpeakerRyan to take action against King.

The FPO is well known for anti semitism and neo-nazis. You can't let King be the last word.…
4. @SteveKingIA is a white supremacist and prominent Spokesperson of the white supremacist movement.

The worldview King promotes, every controversial statement, and RT comes from a white supremacist movement that embraces and defends King.…
Literally a few days before the #TreeofLife shooting @SteveKingIA was lamenting that being called a white nationalist was suddenly a bad thing nowadays.

But now he's flipping out when a constituent asks if he's a white supremacist? Calls it "insanity"?

.@SteveKingIA FREAKED OUT at the implication he shared the anti semitism of the #treeoflife gunman (Impossible! Because ... Israel?).

These (BREAKING) RTs come from an embedded engagement with white supremacist movements that include Holocaust deniers.…
New examples of the anti-Semitic strain of @SteveKingIA's white supremacy are coming out, but he's been a proud public Spokesperson for white supremacist movements and ideas for over a decade.

now #treeoflife puts King's ideology in a new context.…
5. The questioner is a constituent, not a protestor. And you can talk to him!

Email to connect to Kaleb directly and hear his side of the story. Kaleb is an Iowa State student, raised in Iowa, and King's constituent in IA-04…
The event was posted on Facebook, registration was open to the public, and $15 to enter. Kaleb registered, paid, listened quietly to @SteveKingIA's remarks, waited his turn during the Q & A.

Kaleb was like everyone else there. He just asked a question King didn't like.
I've seen a lot of misinformation on this point. So please ask for corrections to stories on these points

▫️Kaleb is constituent of IA-04.
▫️He was not protesting, he was not disrupting.
▫️Kaleb asked his question calmly. @SteveKingIA is the one who flipped out.
This video alone has 1.5 million views. If you are media talking about this, talk to Kaleb directly!

Call: 515 282 0484

And his name is spelled: Kaleb Van Fosson

And PLEASE read this thread for context to avoid spreading hate.…
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