Is Rep. Steve King's tweet 'the most racist statement' ever?

Mar 17, 2017, 01:20
Is Rep. Steve King's tweet 'the most racist statement' ever?

Rep. Steve King has come under fire for a comment he made Sunday on Twitter in which he voiced support for the views of far-right Dutch politician Geert Wilder who has called for ending immigration of Muslims to the Netherlands and banning the Koran.

"Wilders understands that culture and demographics are our destiny".

A Republican congressman has been censured by his own party and labelled "an authentic Cro-Magnon" after he claimed the U.S. can not "restore our civilisation with somebody else's babies". The tweet was originally shared by an account called the Voice of Europe, which routinely tweets in support of far-right European candidates and platforms, according to the Huffington Post.

King's tweet was too much even for the chairman of the Iowa Republican Party, Jeff Kaufmann, who said: "First of all, I do not agree with Congressman King's statement".

"Certain groups of people will do more from a productive side than other groups of people will", King said.

"It is hard to read that any other way than it was written".

Now, Trump is a crude "know-nothing" president who engages in Muslim bashing and immigrant blaming.

Hailing the congressman as a "special guy, a smart person, with really the right views on nearly everything", Trump said then that if he did not seek the Republican presidential nomination in 2016: "I want to see someone who is going to make our country great again, which is basically the same thing as Steve".

Venture capitalist Peter Brack told him: "You, Congressman, are simply a bigot. Good thing is, I know a lot of smart Dems eyeing your seat", one person wrote.

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Both King's tweets and interview drew the ire of fellow Republicans.

"This racist tweet crosses the line from dog-whistle politics to straight-up white supremacist advocacy, which must be repudiated by state and national GOP leaders", she said.

Did Rep. King deserve the heat he took from the media?

"And that's that push to bring in much illegal immigration into America, living in enclaves, refusing to assimilate into the American culture and civilization", King said.

"What exactly do you mean?" Do I qualify as "somebody else's baby?" He has also suggested that Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.), a civil rights icon, "trades off" his legacy and has done nothing for the movement since the 1960s, when he marched with Martin Luther King, Jr.

No matter how the president reacts to King's latest outburst, however, congressional Republicans can and should send a clear signal that they reject their colleague's crude bigotry.

House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) didn't address King's comments until Monday afternoon, when a spokeswoman said Ryan "clearly disagrees".

'Individuals will contribute differently, not equally to this civilization and society, ' he added. "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're talking about, where did any other subgroup of people contribute more to civilization?"