Former Iowa Representative Steve King is facing backlash after he compared slavery to abortion as a way to defend his pro-life stance.
On Tuesday (June 21), King took to Twitter to share his Juneteenth activities and how the newly-federal holiday caused him to reflect on abortion.
"I spent Juneteenth all day in the hot sun hoeing and pulling weeds and thinking about what it would have been like to have been a slave. At the end of the day, I thought about what it would be like to be an aborted baby. I got to see the sunrise and the sunset," King tweeted.
King, who represented Iowa in Congress from 2003 to 2021, has historically made headlines for making controversial remarks.
The former congressman was ousted from of all his committees by GOP members after his statement to the New York Times in 2019.
"White nationalist, white supremacist, Western civilization—how did that language become offensive?" King told the Times.
In 2020, King again received criticism after he asked Vice President Kamala Harris if she "descended from slaves or slave owners."
Republicans replaced King in June of 2020 after he served nine terms in Congress.