Has Steve King Finally Crossed the Line for Republicans?

WASHINGTON, March 12, 2017—On Sunday Iowa Representative Steve King tweeted his support for Geert Wilders, Dutch right-wing anti-Islam politician, sparking sharp criticism on social media. While Democrats have been quick to speak out against King, most Republicans have yet to condemn his remarks.

“Wilders understands that culture and demographics are our destiny,” King tweeted Sunday. “We can’t restore our civilization with somebody else’s babies.”

 

The inflammatory tweet came after Congressman King spent the week supporting Trump’s wiretap claims and calling for a purge of “leftists” from the White House and Obama appointees from the government.

King has been one of the few politicians from either party who have defended Donald Trump’s unsupported claims last Saturday that President Obama “wire tapped” his phones in Trump Tower. Since Trump’s now-infamous Twitter rant Democrats and Republicans have called for Trump to produce evidence of wiretapping by the Obama Administration—but not Steve King.

Along with Rep. Devin Nunes and a handful of Trump’s staunchest supporters, King has been quick to rally behind Trump and double down on the unsupported wiretap claim.

Just last week King also claimed Trump was wiretapped on his call to the President of Mexico and the Australian Prime Minister, something nobody but Steve King appears to be claiming.

Sunday’s tweet is not the first time that King has displayed his racist opinions. In 2006, Steve King proposed an electrified fence on the Mexican border.

“We could also electrify this wire with the kind of current that wouldn’t kill somebody, but it would simply be a discouragement for them to be fooling around with it,” he said. “We do that with livestock all the time.”

King even brought a model of his livestock- inspired fence to the floor of the House to make his point.


In 2012 King compared immigrants to dogs. In July of last year, he asked—on national television–what “subgroups” besides whites made contributions to civilization.


King’s tweet has already been condemned as “walking on the edge of white nationalist rhetoric” by the BBC and praised by former KKK leader David Duke.

 

While Democrats have been quick to condemn King’s inflammatory tweet, the real question is whether Steve King has gone far enough to earn condemnation from a GOP that has so far been reticent to publicly condemn his repeated overtly racist rhetoric.

 

Support Kim Weaver, Steve King’s challenger in 2018

 

Featured Image: Gage Skidmore, Flickr Creative Commons

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