Leading Conservative Group Makes Big Endorsement

The Republican Jewish Coalition is jumping into a closely watched GOP primary in conservative northwest Iowa, directing its lucrative donor network to support a state senator challenging controversial Rep. Steve King.

In backing Randy Feenstra over King, the RJC said it was compelled to act after considering King’s long history of incendiary comments and association with questionable political figures. The group cited King’s endorsement of a white supremacist who ran for mayor of Toronto in 2018 — and an interview with the New York Times the same year in which he appeared to argue that the terms “white nationalist” and “white supremacist” are not offensive.

“We have made it clear for some time that Rep. King does not represent the values of the Republican Jewish Coalition or the Republican Party,” RJC Executive Director Matt Brooks said in a statement. The group maintains close ties to President Trump.

King’s staunch opposition to illegal immigration has attracted a national following among conservative activists.

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