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Congressman Steve King spoke in Sioux Center on Thursday night at Pizza & Policy, hosted by Sioux County Conservatives. King touched on the recent vote to censure Congressman Paul Gosar.

Gosar was censured by the House and removed from his committees for tweeting this:

King said some members of Congress made their decisions on the issue without even seeing the video.

“I watched it four times at least,” he said. “I sent out a message and said, ‘I don’t see anything wrong with this. Can you show me the screencap of where AOC is supposedly being killed by Paul Gosar or where he’s supposedly attacking President Biden.’ And then they sent me some screenshots and I go back and look and they say that AOC is what appears to be a nude man animated with blonde hair and there’s a sword that comes down and appears to touch the shoulder right there. There’s no blood, nothing. That’s supposedly AOC’s face inside that blonde wig. She doesn’t fit in that body at all, I don’t think, and there’s no blood.

“The assault on President Biden is, here’s Paul Gosar in the animation, he’s got a couple of swords and he’s flying toward the ear of Biden, whose head is huge, and here’s this little Paul Gosar like a Minnesota mosquito flying up against Biden’s ear, they go, ‘that’s an assault on the President of the United States. That’s a threat.’ I can’t read that in there. Logical people would not read that in there. But look what they did. For the first time since Charlie Rangle, they censured Paul Gosar and kicked him off of his committees for that. And what does our party do? Well, they postured, and some of them really were serious about that, but I can tell you Kevin McCarthy wasn’t serious about it.”

King said he believes McCarthy threw Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene under the bus and served her up to Nancy Pelosi and Steny Hoyer to kick her off her committees.

“He postured that he was against it, but he let it happen,” King said. “He didn’t put up a fight. And I know what a real fight is and they’re not doing it. The same thing happened with Paul Gosar. Afterwards, there were three aides that spoke into the press that undercut Gosar. Republican aides that would only be McCarthy’s aides. So McCarthy is sending out his staff to undercut a very respectable conservative that’s been targeted because he’s effective.”

When Jeff Flake was still in the House, he added up how many amendments were offered and how many were passed by each Congressional representative. Flake’s research showed King had more amendments offered and more passed at a higher percentage than anybody in Congress.

“Until Paul Gosar came along, caught me and passed me up,” King said. “He is the most effective member of the United States Congress today and he’s a solid, principled conservative and that combination makes you a target and that’s why he hit the wall on this. I’ve got him in my prayers and have for a few days.”