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LETTER: ‘We don’t have to let King embarrass us anymore’

October 9, 2018

Like most Americans, I watched with dismay the testimony of Brett Kavanaugh, nominee for the Supreme Court, and Christine Blasey Ford, who accuses him of sexually assaulting her in high school. No matter which political party you support, we can all agree that an accusation of sexual assault is a serious matter. Well, one would hope so.

According to a Huffington Post story, our congressman, Steve King, posted a meme to his Facebook page showing a photo of Dr. Ford in sunglasses. “An edited version of the image next to it depicts Blasey with the sunglasses removed, revealing her to actually be Hillary Clinton, the 2016 Democratic presidential candidate,” according to the story. ”‘I KNEW IT!’ reads the accompanying text.”

The King campaign, of course, says this is all just humor and is poking fun at “the left.” In fact, it is insensitive and disrespectful. When two of every three sexual assaults go unreported, publicly mocking a woman who comes forward is irresponsible.

In the same week King was posting this divisive meme, J.D. Sholten, his Democratic challenger, was holding a meeting in Sioux City to discuss his ideas to make rural health care better.

We don’t have to let King embarrass us anymore. I encourage everyone to vote for hard-working candidate Scholten, who cares about this district. - Rachel Cole, Sioux City

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