While Rep. Steve King (R-IA) has made his fair share of controversial remarks over the years, his latest tweet has earned the wrath of social media for his support of white nationalism and far-right, anti-Islam Dutch politician Geert Wilders.
On Sunday, King retweeted a cartoon from the anti-immigrant account Voice of Europe, featuring Wilders poking his finger into a cracked wall representing "Western Civilization" as a "wave" of Islam crashes over it. In the cartoon, Wilders holds a copy of "Fitna," the anti-Islam short film he co-wrote in an attempt to prove the Quran promotes hatred and violence - an idea the cartoon itself tries to promote, as well.
Wilders understands that culture and demographics are our destiny. We can't restore our civilization with somebody else's babies. https://t.co/4nxLipafWO- Steve King (@SteveKingIA) March 12, 2017
But rather than ignore or condemn this racist cartoon, King instead voiced his agreement with it and with Wilders ideas.
"Wilders understands that culture and demographics are our destiny," he wrote. "We can't restore our civilization with somebody else's babies."
Many were quick to voice their outrage in response to King's tweet, especially in light of its blatant white nationalism. Even a few of his colleagues joined in on the conversation, asking him to clarify who, exactly, he was referring to when he said "our civilization" and "somebody else's babies."
Here are just a few people who have spoken out against him and his racist tweet so far.
I tell you, for someone who's not a white supremacist Steve King certainly seems to be supported by a lot of white supremacists.- Jared Yates Sexton (@JYSexton) March 12, 2017
Steve King is my colleague. This Tweet is an open endorsement of white nationalism. Shameful. https://t.co/ojBMetwzPE- David Cicilline (@davidcicilline) March 12, 2017
I want to assure everyone that the plan I'll be releasing tomorrow to deport certain white men like Steve King will be very humane.- Rex Huppke (@RexHuppke) March 13, 2017
I hope Steve King has shelvesful of jars of his own semen to preserve the white race & I hope he trips & knocks them over & gets drenched- Paul F. Tompkins (@PFTompkins) March 13, 2017
GOP congressman Steve King says non-whites haven't contributed anything to society. To start, they invented WRITTEN LAW, ALGEBRA & SURGERY.- Kaivan Shroff (@KaivanShroff) March 12, 2017
At least one person liked Steve King's tweet pic.twitter.com/1yNOmcgio0- Ashley Feinberg (@ashleyfeinberg) March 12, 2017
.@SteveKingIA you are a racist piece of shit and I can't wait to piss you off by having Jewish children- Mara Wilson (@MaraWilson) March 12, 2017
Dear Representative Steve King: These are my two babies. --Representative Ted Lieu pic.twitter.com/MHU21jJUrY- Ted Lieu (@tedlieu) March 12, 2017
"somebody else's babies" is such a vile phrase, I can't get it out of head.- Christopher Hayes (@chrislhayes) March 13, 2017
Steve King is David Duke without the white hood. He just dresses up his racism with the "intellectual" trappings of social Darwinism.- Laura (@SheWhoVotes) March 12, 2017
The distance between the rhetoric of self-identifying white supremacists and the rhetoric of some powerful Republicans is quite small.- Daniel Dale (@ddale8) March 12, 2017
"somebody elses babies" are in US mil uniforms and in harm's way. volunteers to protect America.- Tom Brokaw (@tombrokaw) March 13, 2017
Cong King, please!
Proud to support my family, friends & colleagues that are "somebody else's baby." They make this country great every single day. https://t.co/d4UHomo5eH- Congressmember Bass (@RepKarenBass) March 13, 2017
Clearly the Congressman does not view all our children as, well, all our children. Particularly ironic & painful on Purim. https://t.co/DSmU6hUhhz- Chelsea Clinton (@ChelseaClinton) March 12, 2017
Updated 3/13 at 7:30 p.m.: Rep. Steve King doubled down on his controversial, white nationalist tweet in an interview with CNN on Monday.
"I meant exactly what I said," he said. "I've been to Europe and spoken on this issue ... I've said to them, 'You cannot rebuild your civilization with somebody else's babies.' You've got to keep your birthrate up, and ... you need to teach your children your values."
"If you go down the road a few generations or maybe centuries with the intermarriage, I'd like to see an America that's just so homogeneous that we look a lot the same," he continued. "I think there's far too much focus on race, especially in the last eight years, and I want to see that put behind us."
Rep. Steve King: "I'd like to see an America that's just so homogenous that we look a lot the same" https://t.co/9nnRwDEbMW- CNN (@CNN) March 13, 2017
Meanwhile, most of King's GOP colleagues have come out against his tweet and followup interview, including Iowa Republican Party chairman Jeff Kaufmann.
"First of all, I do not agree with Congressman King's statement. We are a nation of immigrants, and diversity is the strength of any nation and any community," he said in a statement on Monday. "Regarding David Duke, his words and sentiments are absolute garbage. He is not welcome in our wonderful state."
Speaker Paul Ryan also released a statement on Monday condemning King's remarks.
"The speaker clearly disagrees and believes America's long history of inclusiveness is one of its great strengths," Ryan's press secretary AshLee Strong said, according to ABC.
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