U.S. Rep. Steve King (R-IA) is being mocked on social media after he berated the CEO of Google for the behavior of a "hand-me-down" iPhone his grandchild was using.
"I have a 7-year old granddaughter who picked up her phone during the election, and she’s playing a little game, the kind of game a kid would play,” King told Google CEO Sundar Pichai at Tuesday's House Judiciary Committee hearing.
"And up on there pops a picture of her grandfather," the Congressman King complains, presumably referring to himself. "And I’m not going to say into the record what kind of language was used around that picture of her grandfather, but I’d ask you: How does that show up on a 7-year old’s iPhone, who’s playing a kid’s game?"
Pichai offered the most polite response he could muster.
"Congressman, the iPhone is made by a different company. And so, you know, I mean," the Google CEO said.
iPhones are made by Apple.
Rep. King, a far right wing anti-LGBT, anti-immigrant, anti-Muslim, white nationalist extremist, was undeterred.
“It might have been an Android," he offered, not actually knowing for sure. "It’s just, it was a hand-me-down of some kind," he added, as if iPhones were children's clothing.
After @SteveKingIA raises inscrutable concerns about iPhones, Google CEO Sunday Pichai patiently informs him, "Cong… https://t.co/NLNYsO3HoI— Aaron Rupar (@Aaron Rupar) 1544553148.0
Here's what some on social media had to say in response to King's astonishing ignorance:
"It was a hand-me-down of some kind..." So, some adult upgraded to a new phone and they gave this one to a kid. T… https://t.co/ZhBBuGv0Mr— Stonekettle (@Stonekettle) 1544556147.0
Sundar Pichai has sidestepped a ton of questions, but I'll give him one thing: he has the patience of a saint right… https://t.co/bKCqWK75sT— issie lapowsky (@issie lapowsky) 1544552572.0
What I'd like to ask @SteveKingIA about his stupid iPhone question today: "How does a racist, incompetent moron li… https://t.co/Y3IUwWCCwu— Zachary Miller (@Zachary Miller) 1544557091.0
I’m curious which iPhone game comes with “Steve King is a neo-Nazi” pop-ups— john hendel (@john hendel) 1544555611.0
@atrupar @SteveKingIA @SteveKingIA just doesn’t like that iPhone because it’s black.— brad vachal (@brad vachal) 1544559659.0
steve king is mad that even iphone games for kids say he’s a racist https://t.co/RKec7qCq3K— Brendan Karet 🚮 (@Brendan Karet 🚮) 1544556240.0
@atrupar @SteveKingIA One possible way to prevent your granddaughter from seeing her granddad described as a racist… https://t.co/G5sqCePLog— Jared Lipof (@Jared Lipof) 1544556010.0