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US Rep. Steve King's campaign criticized for Facebook post

Meme mocks appearance of Parkland survivor Emma Gonzalez

Posted: Mar. 27, 2018 10:40 PM

MASON CITY, Iowa - In a Facebook post Sunday, U.S. Representative Steve King's campaign made light of the appearance of Parkland shooting survivor Emma Gonzalez in a meme, mocking her Cuban heritage.

Gonzalez has been vocal in calling for gun control in the wake of the massacre, and has been facing attempts to discredit her from various political opponents.

Reaction to the comments was mixed, with Mason City resident Troy Turvold saying that they weren't out of line.

"I expected given the backlash that they would be a little bit more sensational," Turvold says.

He also adds that he prefers the more blunt talking style that some politicians take.

"I'd rather have somebody who speaks plainly and means what he says, than somebody who speaks more eloquently and is completely lying to you," Turvold adds.

However, Timothy Hoffmann says that the comments were not helpful and uncalled for.

"I feel like what they need to focus on is keeping the students safe, and they shouldn't focus on attacking each other. And if you go to any job and saying comments about other people like that, it's not appropriate," Hoffmann says.

King has a history of making controversial comments regarding immigrants. Last year, he retweeted a quote, stating 'we can't restore our civilization with somebody else's babies.' He also made headlines in recent years for displaying a Confederate flag on his desk.

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