President Trump is not the only politician who can bring social media to a screeching halt with an inflammatory tweet. Congressman Steve King has a history of walking on the edge of white nationalist rhetoric, and once again he has hit the hornet's nest.
He sparked a backlash on social media because of his public love for the Dutch anti-Islam politician, Geert Wilders. "Wilders understands that culture and demographics are our destiny. We can't restore our civilization with somebody else's babies," King wrote on Twitter. He continued by saying that he would like to see "an America that's just so homogenous that we look a lot the same, from that perspective." His post was retweeted by the former leader of the Ku Klux Klan, David Duke, with the words "sanity reigns supreme."
The bluntness of King's message, the talk of "our destiny" and "other people's babies," ensured a vigorous response.
It will be interesting to see how Republican officeholders will handle the controversy. So far they have remained silent.
It’s not surprising that Breitbart often sings the praises of Wilders, as well as France's Marine Le Pen and Frauke Petry, leader of the Alternative for Germany Party. More so, Bannon has predicted the coming of a new "alt-right" order that will disrupt politics across the West. The question is whether establishment Republicans will stay on for the ride.
King was first elected to Congress in 2002 and represents a solidly Republican district in north-western Iowa, where both he and Donald Trump received over 60% of the vote in 2016. He has aligned himself with the European far right before. He met the French presidential candidate Marine Le Pen in Paris. In September, he posted a photo of himself with Wilders and wrote: “Cultural suicide by demographic transformation must end.” In December he expressed his condolences to Austria’s far-right Freedom party after it lost the Austrian presidential election. He had a televised tirade on MSNBC in July asking what non-white “subgroups” had contributed to society. This is the man who has compared immigrants to dogs and called illegal immigration a “slow-rolling, slow-motion terrorist attack on the United States.”
His prior statements and actions also include: support of racial profiling for police, invoking Barack Obama’s middle name – Hussein – as evidence that Islamic extremists would celebrate his election as president, and implying that fellow congressmen would not speak out against sharia law because of their Islamic faith. The congressman also keeps a Confederate battle flag in his office, despite being from Iowa, which supported the Union in the American civil war.
If that’s not dangerous, I don’t know what is.
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