Republican Steve King (Iowa) on Monday deleted a controversial meme posted on Facebook that showed “red” and “blue” states fighting “another civil war” that noted one side owns all the guns.
The meme, which was posted Saturday evening just days after the New Zealand massacre that took 50 lives, fantasizes about red states bashing blue states, with the meme’s caption reading: “Folks keep talking about another civil war; one side has about 8 trillion bullets, while the other side doesn’t know which bathroom to use.”
The bathroom snark appeared to be a reference to transgender restroom use, an issue that is frequently used in far-right dog whistles, reports Mediaite.
“Wonder who would win….,” King added to the meme, followed by a smirking emoji.
— ICE is trafficking children (@Mccallforall) March 18, 2019
Many were quick to note that King had failed to notice that his own state was included in the arm of the blue states, or as Vox’s Aaron Rupar noted, “the losing side of the graphic.”
Steve King is so dense that he didn’t notice his home state is part of the losing side in the graphic https://t.co/6yzH61aAUa
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) March 18, 2019
1. His own state is in the one getting punched.
2. Buncha the “defenseless blue states with no guns” include cities/neighborhoods Steve King wouldn’t visit without armor and backup.
3. Cute cartoon – now do one by actual population and life expectancy – “Red Guy” has a glass jaw. pic.twitter.com/76zQHUAt0f
— Bob Chipman (@the_moviebob) March 18, 2019
In January, King was stripped of his committee assignments after the publication of a New York Times interview in which he questioned when identifying as a white nationalist or white supremacist “became offensive.”