So over the weekend, U.S. Rep. Steve King (an Iowa Republican) got himself into a little hot water.
As it turns out, suggesting that the United States isn’t working hard enough when it comes to building a white master race isn’t something that goes over particularly well with large swaths of the American public. You can read the full story and the amusing followup here:
- Republican Congressman Doesn’t See What’s So Wrong With A Little Ethnic Cleansing
- Monday Humor: “Did You Mean That?”
In a nutshell, King tweeted his support for the agenda of Geert Wilders, a bigoted basket case whose PVV stands a very good chance at marshalling an outsized percentage of the Dutch vote in tomorrow’s elections. Specifically, King said this:
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
And in case you thought he might have misspoke, have a look at this hilarious juxtaposition that showed up in our Bloomberg e-mails:
We’re not entirely sure how the message could possibly be lost on anyone at this point and relatedly, you’ll forgive us for saying that if you don’t see what’s going on here between Steve Bannon, his support for European populism, and the sudden resurgence of white supremacist nationalism in America, then you’re willfully ignorant.
But on the off chance there were some folks out there having trouble connecting the proverbial dots, allow former Imperial Wizard of the KKK David Duke to clear things up for you with one (all-caps) tweet:
— David Duke (@DrDavidDuke) March 12, 2017
White supremacism was never banished from American political thought, just shoved to the fringe and hushed to a whisper. Now, in the Age of Trump, it’s back in the mainstream and ready to roar.
Witness the words of Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) on the subject of immigration: “Culture and demographics are our destiny. We can’t restore our civilization with somebody else’s babies.” King offered these sentiments Sunday in a tweet expressing solidarity with Geert Wilders, an openly racist and Islamophobic Dutch politician who has a chance of becoming prime minister in elections this week. Wilders is someone who “understands,” King wrote.
And we understand just what King meant. Former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke certainly got the message, using his vile Twitter account to proclaim, “GOD BLESS STEVE KING!!!”
Just so there’s no confusion, King went on CNN Monday to say that “I meant exactly what I said.” He added: “I’ve been to Europe and I’ve spoken on this issue and I’ve said the same thing as far as 10 years ago to the German people and any population of people that is a declining population that isn’t willing to have enough babies to reproduce themselves. I’ve said to them, ‘You can’t 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.”
Why am I hearing faint strains of “Deutschland über alles”? And why am I not hearing a loud chorus of condemnation from King’s Republican colleagues?