The controversial Republican congressman, Steve King, aroused anger and surprise in the United States when he questioned whether humanity would survive without the rape and incest practices that have taken place throughout history.
King, a hard-line conservative and staunch supporter of President Donald Trump, defended his anti-abortion stance in various situations, including rape and incest, during a speech at the Conservative Westside Club in Iowa.
"What if we review all the family trees and exclude those people who were the result of rape or incest? Will there be any people in the world if we do that?" King said in a video of his speech released.
"Given all the wars and all the rapes and looting that have taken place," he said, "I know I cannot confirm that I am not the product of something like that.
He continued: "I would like to think that the lives of each of us as precious as any other life."
King is a polarizing figure in Congress, has a history of racist statements, and his recent statements have been rejected by Republicans and Democrats alike.
Iowa Republican Rep. Randy Finestra said King was serving Democrats to maintain control of the House of Representatives.
"Trump needs defenders in Congress, not distractions," he wrote on Twitter.
At least 10 Democratic presidential candidates criticized King's remarks.
"It's time to bring down this bigot," said Obama's housing minister, Julian Castro, the only Latin in the presidential race.
King's dramatic comments made him a pariah in Washington, where his fellow Republicans stripped him of his duties on congressional committees.