Here’s Rep Steve King (R-IA) talking about how though the deadly attack on the IRS building in Texas was “sad” it’s ultimately understandable in light of the fact that it’s “an agency that is unnecessary.”
KING: It’s sad the incident in Texas happened, but by the same token, it’s an agency that is unnecessary and when the day comes when that is over and we abolish the IRS, it’s going to be a happy day for America.
TP: So some of his grievances were legitimate?
KING: I don’t know if his grievances were legitimate, I’ve read part of the material. I can tell you I’ve been audited by the IRS and I’ve had the sense of ‘why is the IRS in my kitchen.’ Why do they have their thumb in the middle of my back.
I’m sure that being audited by the IRS is annoying, but a certain number of audits are necessary to prevent tax evasion. Meanwhile, the fact that King didn’t enjoy being audited should hardly be brought up so as to justify murdering people. I’m not super-interested in the semantic question of what things we do or don’t call terrorism, but either way this was a serious crime that easily could have been much more serious. The idea of discussing it in a manner designed to indicate that these are understandable reactions to the tax policy status quo is terrifying and disgusting. When I first heard that a Rep King was out there making pro-terrorist remarks, I assumed it was IRA-loving Rep Peter King (R-NY) but apparently there are two gross members of congress who share that surname.