Iowa Political Alert –
Democratic congressional candidate J.D. Scholten says leaders should care about results, not obsess over countries of origin for immigrants in the United States.
“I didn’t care where my shortstop was from,” Scholten, a former minor league and University of Nebraska pitcher from Sioux City said in an interview.
Running in the 4th District, political territory now represented by U.S. Rep. Steve King, R-Kiron, Scholten criticized his would-be general election opponent’s Twitter activity this morning.
King reinforced President Donald Trump’s reported sentiments on certain “shithole countries” from which the commander in chief wants to limit emigation to the United States.
“Hang in there Mr. President,” King wrote early this morning, using the social media messaging service Twitter. “If those countries aren’t as you described, Democrats should be happy to to deport criminal aliens back to them & End #anchorbabies, too.”
The King message had been re-tweeted more than a thousand times as of late this morning.
“You would think somebody would be a little more articulate,” Scholten said. “These folks are making national decisions.”
King engaged in brief Twitter war of words with the entertainer George Lopez.
“Hey George Lopez: To paraphrase you, I’ll flush you, too,” King said on Twitter.
Lopez had hurled on a profanity at King.
Scholten described King’s exchange as “childish.” Scholten said the King/Lopez spat actually concerned him in some ways more than the congressman’s Trump backing.
“What does that little spat have anything to do with the 4th District of Iowa and bettering it,” Scholten said.
A political newcomer, Scholten has amassed 21,500 followers on Twitter as he battles for the Democratic nomination in the heavily Republican 4th District. Much of that audience is built in reaction to King’s provocations, Scholten said.
According to The New York Times, in a discussion with lawmakers Thursday about immigration from certain African nations, Trump asked why he would want “all these people from shithole countries,” according to people with direct knowledge of the conversation, including U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Illinois, who was there.
Trump, who had met with the prime minister of Norway this week, said the United States should instead seek more immigrants from nations like Norway.