Steve King EMBRACES WHITE SUPREMACY
Iowa Rep. Steve King, who has openly supported white nationalist policies, appears to feel satisfied by President Donald Trump’s attempt to bring fringe anti-immigrant talking points long espoused by King into the mainstream in his campaign for a border wall, as the New York Times reported Thursday.
“White nationalist, white supremacist, Western civilization—how did that language become offensive?” King asked the Times in an interview. “Why did I sit in classes teaching me about the merits of our history and our civilization?”
The report comes one day after Iowa state Sen. Randy Feenstra announced that he planned to challenge King in the Republican primary in 2020, in part because the “current representative’s caustic nature has left us without a seat at the table.” King, who was first elected to Congress in the deep-red district in Iowa in 2002, narrowly beat a Democratic challenger last year.
King, in an interview with The New York Times published Thursday, said he doesn’t mind that the American population includes a range of races ― as long as the culture stays white and European.
“White nationalist, white supremacist, Western civilization — how did that language become offensive?” he said. “Why did I sit in classes teaching me about the merits of our history and our civilization?”
The Times article suggests that President Donald Trump’s demonizing statements about immigrants ― especially his lies about Latinos and his border policies ― were crafted and shaped, in part, by King over the years:
Mr. Trump’s preoccupation with the wall and anti-immigrant politics reflects how he has embraced the once-fringe views of Mr. King, who has used racist language in the past, promotes neo-Nazis on Twitter and was recently denounced by one Republican leader as a white supremacist.
The interview is one of the few times King has discussed his embrace of white nationalism since HuffPost’s Chris Mathias outed his viewpoints during his 2018 campaign for re-election. He narrowly won in November, despite extensive HuffPost reporting revealing that he repeatedly promoted neo-Nazis on Twitter, endorsed a white supremacist candidate for Toronto mayor, and gave an interview to an Austrian publication affiliated with Europe’s neo-fascist “identitarian” movement, in which King talks fluently of the “Great Replacement,” a white nationalist conspiracy theory.
While a few people in his party have loudly condemned the congressman’s openly racist behavior, Trump, who once called King a “smart person with, really, the right views on almost everything,” has not joined them in doing so. Trump has boasted about raising money for King’s campaigns, as the Times noted. The president’s current language about the “crisis” at the border reflects only loyalty to King’s rhetorical legacy.
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