Here is a list of 10 of the most radical figures in the House of Representatives.
1) Steven King (R–Iowa)
King supported the legislation to ban abortion in all instances except in the case of “forced rape.” He once proposed building a 2,000-mile concrete wall to protect the border. “My concrete wall would function as both a human and vehicle barrier, inspired by the success of the concrete wall in Israel,” he says on his website. On immigration reform, he said, “Democrats will find a way to hand deliver citizenship papers along with a great big check from money borrowed from the Chinese.” Regarding diversity: “The argument that diversity is our strength has really never been backed up by logic.” This veritable quote machine also once said “that sexual predator can take that girl off the playground of a middle school, and haul her across a state line, and force her to get an abortion to eradicate the evidence of his crime, and bring her back and drop her off at the swing set. And that’s not against the law in the United States.”
2) Kyrsten Sinema (D–Ariz.)
The anti-feminist, first openly bisexual person elected to Congress describes herself as a “Prada socialist.” Regarding the modern feminist movement, she said, “These women who act like staying at home, leeching off their husbands or boyfriends, and just cashing the checks is some sort of feminism because they’re choosing to live that life. That's bullshit. I mean, what the fuck are we really talking about here?”
3) Vicki Hartzler (R–Mo.)
Mother Jones suggested that she is the most anti-gay person in Congress. A favorite of the Christian right, Hartzler wrote a book advocating for more religion in politics. Running God's Way: Step by Step to a Successful Political Campaign is a book for Christian activists running for public office. She believes that climate change is a natural phenomenon. “I don’t believe that if there is a climate change that man has a very significant role in that,” she said. Hartzler believes in an America defined by her anti-gay views and believes the government should be allowed to foster that viewpoint: “You know, the government has set some parameters that they think is correct.”
4) Tim Walberg (R–Mich.)
He’s a closet birther. When first asked about whether he believed President Obama was a citizen he said, “I really don't know. We don't have enough information about this president.” A statement he later recanted. Walberg supports the privatization of Social Security. He is anti-clean energy reform and is considered to be anti-conservation. He is against abortion in all cases including rape and incest. He voted against hate crime, equal pay, same sex marriage, and employment non-discrimination legislation.
5) Raul Grijalva (D–Ariz.)
He is arguably the most progressive member of Congress. Grijalva is the Chairman of the Congressional Progressive Caucus and has been mentioned as a candidate for Secretary of the Interior. He is a staunch supporter for the expansion of immigration policies, including “legal status for illegal immigrants.” He believes “in a perfect, perfect world there would be open borders.” It has been said that he is a Marxist with ties to revolutionary and Communist groups.
6) Alan Nunnelee (R–Miss.)
He is a co-sponsor of the Stop Online Piracy Act bill. Staunchly pro-life, he has sponsored and supported legislation that has made Mississippi the most unfriendly pro-choice state in America. He once sponsored an informed consent law that would have required women to review images on fetal development as a prerequisite for abortion procedures.
7) Alan Grayson (D–Fla.)
He said, “The Republican health care plan [is] don't get sick. The Republicans have a backup plan in case you do get sick ... This is what the Republicans want you to do. If you get sick America, the Republican health care plan is this: Die quickly!” He called ex-Congressman Dan Webster “Taliban Dan” and said Republicans were practicing “legislative terrorism.”
8) Michele Bachmann (R–Minn.)
One of the most polarizing figures in Congress, she barely survived a challenge to be re-elected to a fourth term. She staunchly opposes raising the debt ceiling, a move that contributed to the downgrading of America’s credit rating. She introduced the first bill of the new 113th Congress, a bill to repeal Obamacare. It was the 34th time that Republicans introduced a bill to repeal Obamacare. Bachmann once mistakenly identified serial killer John Wayne Gacy as movie star John Wayne. She repeated a story that the HPV vaccine caused mental retardation. She once argued that the framers of the constitution were abolitionists and that carbon dioxide is not a harmful gas.
9) Maxine Waters (D–Calif.)
The ethically-challenged Waters was just named the ranking Democrat on the House Financial Services Committee, this after her questionable dealings surrounding One United Bank. Her comments have been immortalized on the internet. “This liberal would be all about socializing,basically taking over, and the government running all of your companies,” she said.
10) Renee Ellmers (R–N.C.)
Ellmers believes that private insurance companies should be allowed to deny coverage for pre-existing conditions. She believes that diverting public funds to school voucher programs will save public school teacher jobs. However, she opposes any direct emergency funding to protect public school teacher jobs.