[University of Northern Iowa student Jessica Birch] had planned on just sitting in the back of the room. When King entered, he walked back to her to greet her, then she moved herself up to a closer row as he approached the podium.
“It was very awkward, it was a very weird thing,” Birch explained. “Part of me wanted to leave, but it would be rude to leave, and the Midwestern part of me couldn’t do that. I feel bad for him a bit. But then part of me was really, really angry because other Democrats didn’t show up. I kind of let stuff he said slide, on stuff like abortion and health care, because I don’t want to get in an argument with him. I already know you’re wrong. Let’s talk about things I actually care about.” …
In telling her friends last night about her experience with King, others suggested Birch should have yelled at him.
“It’s so easy to say that, being the only person in the room is different,” Birch noted.
Once the hour-long forum was finished, King’s staff encouraged her to get a photo with the congressman.
“I politely declined, mostly because I plan to run for office and I don’t need a picture of Steve King and I shaking hands in the future,” she said.