While Donald Trump is busy with his border wall desperation tour, Steve King popped into the news today to remind us that nobody in Washington D.C. is more racist than he is. In an interview with the New York Times, he pondered why the term “white supremacist” was considered to be so offensive these days.
“White nationalist, white supremacist, Western civilization — how did that language become offensive?” Mr. King said. “Why did I sit in classes teaching me about the merits of our history and our civilization?”
After the article was published, King rushed to backpedal, announcing that he’s not a white supremacist, just your everyday, run-of-the-mill nationalist.
My statement on the New York Times article. pic.twitter.com/IjBHgZYgRD
— Steve King (@SteveKingIA) January 10, 2019
Shame on you, New York Times, for quoting what Steve King said!
It would be easier to believe that this was simply an unfortunate slip-up if Steve King didn’t have a history of racism so rank and blatant that he’s earned the nickname “Corn Hitler.” As the New York Times article points out, he has spread the idea of the “Great Replacement,” referring to the idea that people of color are “replacing” white people in the U.S. and other white-dominated countries. This is an explicitly white supremacist idea and the basis for a lot of white supremacist philosophy.
Republican Steve King is trending. Im going to do a quick thread on his rich history of racism. In Oct 2018, he endorsed white supremacist & anti-semite Faith Goldy for Toronto mayor. She attended the Unite the Right rally & promotes the White Genocide conspiracy theory. 1/
— Wajahat Ali (@WajahatAli) January 10, 2019
Meanwhile, Republicans are still recovering from hearing a congresswoman say the F-word while spreading fake photos of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s feet.
Calls for Steve King to be expelled from Congress are building and the internet is not holding back – on Steve King himself or on Republicans for ignoring his white supremacist statements and actions for years.
amazing to me that we had a week long controversy over a congresswoman saying “motherf***er” when steve king is just hanging out in congress as an open white supremacist https://t.co/P3lyMivVQO
— b-boy bouiebaisse (@jbouie) January 10, 2019
Rashid Tlaib curses once
•10 think pieces by white men about how she’s tainted Congress & should be censured
Steve King literally praises white supremacy terrorism
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If you’re more offended by a curse word than you are by white supremacy—you’re a white supremacist.
— Qasim Rashid, Esq. (@MuslimIQ) January 10, 2019
Steps to expel Steve King from the U.S. House of Representatives:
1. Resolution to expel referred to House Ethics Committee
2. Investigatory subcommittee reviews evidence for basis of expulsion and makes recommendation to expel
3. 2/3 of U.S. House must then agree to expel
— Charlotte Clymer🏳️🌈 (@cmclymer) January 10, 2019
Imagine if conservative media spent as much time hyperventilating about congressman Steve King openly admitting to being a white supremacist as it did covering what @AOC wore yesterday.
— Christopher Mathias (@letsgomathias) January 10, 2019
Steve King attempting to justify his racist and xenophobic beliefs by asking “Why did I sit in classes teaching the merits of our history and civilization” is such a telling insight into how white supremacy is reproduced by America’s education system.
— Samuel Sinyangwe (@samswey) January 10, 2019
— Ted Lieu (@tedlieu) January 10, 2019
aoc: my nickname was "sandy"
republicans: BURN THE WITCH!!!
steve king: my nickname is "grand wizard"
republicans: cool cool
— m i t h (@ManInTheHoody) January 10, 2019
Reminder Steve King has been basically openly spitting white nationalist rhetoric for years an went on podcast frequented by them last year https://t.co/wC5EbBZ33q
GOP leadership has pretty ignored all of this
— andrew kaczynski (@KFILE) January 10, 2019
Thanks Steve King for always giving me easily searchable quotes for the folks who email me to tell me racism is over https://t.co/uhM6Tl8XPM
— Dad (@fivefifths) January 10, 2019
Steve King proves that the most common trait of ignorant racists is a total ignorance that they're racist.
— John Fugelsang (@JohnFugelsang) January 10, 2019
If some conservatives would be honest with themselves, they never liked Obama or gave him a chance cuz he was black.
If this wasn’t true, there wouldn’t be a Steve King in Washington.
— Angela Belcamino (@AngelaBelcamino) January 10, 2019
No place in society, but a very comfortable place in the Republican Caucus.
Never forget that Paul Ryan made Steve King chair of the subcommittee on the Constitution. Yes, Paul Ryan looked at all the GOP members and picked the White Nationalist. https://t.co/5AkXdFsdDb
— Dan Pfeiffer (@danpfeiffer) January 10, 2019
Steve King is the guy who every republican courts for an endorsement if they are running for POTUS.
— Brian Schatz (@brianschatz) January 11, 2019
Steve King could burn a cross while singing Dixie and wearing a custom “I’m Racist, Yes, Me, Representative Steve King” t shirt, and our spineless, useless, complicit press still wouldn’t unambiguously call him racist. https://t.co/vmHeVSjok6
— Ed Overbeek 🗽 (@EdOverbeek) January 11, 2019
Steve King is the Rosetta Stone of racism that explains the modern Republican Party.
— Dan Pfeiffer (@danpfeiffer) January 10, 2019
Lol Ben Shapiro just had to issue a correction to this story, finally acknowledging that the media was right all along in calling Steve King racist. https://t.co/CLciLq2a0F
— Laura Bassett (@LEBassett) January 10, 2019
When I asked Steve King last year if he considers himself a white nationalist or a white supremacist, he seemed quite offended. https://t.co/BfmxNHpjaO
— Arthur Delaney (@ArthurDelaneyHP) January 10, 2019
Dozens of prominent people have described Steve King as a white supremacist in recent months, but it wasn't until Steve King did it that Steve King felt the need to disavow the label. https://t.co/NHGuM6wp1d
— Angus Johnston (@studentactivism) January 10, 2019
Apparently, to conservative media pundits, Rep. Steve King's years-long track record of running with white nationalism wasn’t ever clear enough. The only thing that changed today was King said what he's said *nearly verbatim* for years to The NYT.https://t.co/nLEhhV4Wd2
— Jared Holt (@jaredlholt) January 10, 2019
RT if you are also waiting for Trump to condemn the fact that Steve King has just openly normalized and embraced white supremacy.
Oh wait. Trump is also a White Supremacist. https://t.co/ouTg2YDpu4
— The Hummingbird 🐦 (@SaysHummingbird) January 10, 2019
Clear and concise statement from Iowa Democrats on Steve King's latest comments pic.twitter.com/EvfcR2WM5R
— Iowa Starting Line (@IAStartingLine) January 10, 2019
The only difference between Steve King and the rest of the Republican Party is that Steve King says it out loud.
— Palmer Report (@PalmerReport) January 11, 2019
If Steve King and Ann Coulter had a child it would be Tomi Lahren.
— Tony Posnanski (@tonyposnanski) January 10, 2019
Imagining future Steve King questions:
“What’s wrong with burning crosses? They’re basically two large matches connected at 90 degree angles!”
— TheValuesVoter (@TheValuesVoter) January 10, 2019
Steve King’s repellent remarks will get the most play, but @tripgabriel reminds us from the start that the border wall idea originated with the Congressman most closely associated with white supremacy. We should never divorce the proposal from that legacy. https://t.co/546m32G5XC
— Jamil Smith (@JamilSmith) January 10, 2019
So a sitting Republican Congressman just questioned how White Supremacy became offensive…
There was this thing called Slavery, Steve King….
PICK UP A F*CKING HISTORY BOOK!https://t.co/vP6oV0z8bt
— Ryan Hill (@RyanHillMI) January 10, 2019
Steve King is a racist crank and his signature issue is now the issue that the President has shut the government down over.
Notice in this clip he's giving *literally* the same spiel about how easy it is to just drive into the country Trump gave today.
— Chris Hayes (@chrislhayes) January 10, 2019
Meanwhile, Steve King has been picking up Republican cosponsors for the bills he’s offering. https://t.co/5gVBp8AI1B
— Matt Fuller (@MEPFuller) January 10, 2019
Nobody just discovered today that Steve King is a white supremacist. Everyone who’s been pretending realized they can’t get away with pretending anymore.
— Julius Goat 🦆(Read Pinned Tweet!) (@JuliusGoat) January 10, 2019
45 minutes into Tucker's show and still no mention of Steve King pic.twitter.com/LuBnXKWxoU
— Dusty (@DustinGiebel) January 11, 2019
steve king is racist for years
steve king is racist, but its on the front page
critics: are you going to do anything?
gop: not really we just dont like getting caught
— Oliver Willis (@owillis) January 10, 2019
The hypocritical, GOP pseudo-outrage over comments by @RashidaTlaib can neither deflect nor distract from the Big Picture:
This Steve King Quote sums up the rise of White Supremacy post Trump.
This is the Republican Party in 2019 pic.twitter.com/n80sAx7pEZ
— Rula Jebreal (@rulajebreal) January 10, 2019
Will this be the time that Steve King is removed from Congress for being a racist? Or will he have to show up to work in a full Hitler costume?