Representative Steve King, a Republican from Iowa, made an appalling white nationalist statement on Sunday.
King, who has a history of spewing racist comments, took to Twitter to celebrate far-right Dutch politician Geert Wilders, who hopes to end Muslim immigration, ban the Quran and once called Moroccan immigrants "scum."
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
“Wilders understands that culture and demographics are our destiny. We can't restore our civilization with somebody else's babies,” he said, espousing the belief that national identity is linked to whiteness and that the white race is superior to others.
As can be imagined, there was major backlash.
Republican Rep. Carlos Curbelo asked King to explain himself.
— Carlos Curbelo (@carloslcurbelo) March 13, 2017
Democrat Rep. Ted Lieu, who was born in Taiwan, shared a photo of his sons with a message to King.
Dear Representative Steve King: These are my two babies. --Representative Ted Lieu pic.twitter.com/MHU21jJUrY
— Ted Lieu (@tedlieu) March 12, 2017
Not everyone was appalled, however. White nationalist and former Ku Klux Klansman David Duke praised King.
— David Duke (@DrDavidDuke) March 12, 2017
The comment, while shocking, isn't as surprising when one learns of the remarks he has made in the past. Last year, King, who was elected to Congress in 2002, once questioned nonwhite's contributions to civilization.
“I’d ask you to go back through history and figure out where are these contributions that have been made by these other categories of people that you are talking about,” he said. “Where did any other subgroup of people contribute more to civilization?”
He has also said that for every one successful child of undocumented immigrants, there are 100 others who are drug dealers with “calves the size of cantaloupes” from transporting marijuana.