Rep. Steve King says in a new campaign fundraising email that he will not back down from his conservative beliefs despite controversy he sometimes creates with his remarks.
In an email to supporters, the Iowa Republican described himself as the "last one standing" among the top targets of liberal activists during the last election, and said there is nobody else in Congress whom President Barack Obama, House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi, and the "radical left" would rather defeat, the Des Moines Register reports
King also compared himself to Phil Robertson, patriarch of a family featured in the A&E television show "Duck Dynasty," who was suspended for making anti-gay comments during an interview with GQ magazine.
"The leftists who disagree with him made it clear with their attacks that conservatives are to be driven from public life if they express their opinions, however objectively true they might be," the congressman said.
Praising the reality TV show's "good, old-fashioned American values," King continued:
"This attack illustrates the left's unspoken rule that tolerance is a one-way street. Conservatives are to be tolerant of liberal ideology; however, the left need not be tolerant of conservative Christians."
King will face a challenge from Democratic candidate Jim Mowrer, an Iraq war veteran who has worked at the Pentagon, for his 4th Congressional District seat in November.
Mowrer told the Register on Thursday that if he wins, he will not comment "on every silly story of the day."
"I will work to focus on ensuring job opportunities, investment and infrastructure, clean American energy, and getting a farm bill passed. I don't have a comment on Congressman King's comments on a reality TV show actor's comments," he said.
King caused an uproar earlier this year after remarks he made to Newsmax
about undocumented immigrants being drug mules and having "calves the size of cantaloupes."
The congressman, however, stood by his statements, reports Politico
In his fundraising pitch, King said, "Don't back down. If you are right and you are standing on principle, whatever you do, don't back down. The second you back down, they win. Don't apologize. John Wayne said, 'Never apologize. It's a sign of weakness.'"
"I agree, unless we are wrong, and we are not wrong, double-down. Americans recognize courage and conviction. If the left attacks our conservative beliefs, I say, 'If you don't like that, here's some more,'" he said.
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