Far-right US congressman Steve King may have been losing corporate donors and support from fellow Republicans over his history of racist comments and backing of white supremacists, but at least he has two Facebook pages.
His official Congressional page on the social network shows the eight-term Republican gazing paternally out from the Capitol steps, protector of his Iowan flock. It has 33,000 followers and consists of dry announcements about hard-right legislation he is pushing and photos from low-key local visits.
The Steve King for Congress page, on the other hand, is perhaps best described by this post:
The page has 61,000 followers, and consists of posts that veer from anti-immigrant hysteria, to attacks on anti-Trump protestors, to, well, this photoshop of Trump’s face onto cult TV painter Bob Ross’s body.
The meme page is much more prolific than the Congressional one. It also had around 20 times more interactions in the last three months, data from CrowdTangle shows.
King, who is in a very tight race as he seeks a ninth term, has earned a reputation for being the most anti-immigrant member of Congress. Left-leaning publications like The Intercept and The HuffPost term him a “white supremacist.” When asked, at a recent forum, why he traveled to Austria to meet members of a far-right party with neo-Nazi ties, King grew angry and asked security to escort the questioner out of the room.