Rep. Steve King Sparks Backlash After Mocking Transgender Bathroom Use, Touting New US Civil War

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.

A screenshot of Rep. Steve King’s now-deleted tweet.

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.

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.”

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.”