Congressman Steve King from Iowa is racist. He’s not even racist in the sort of cryptic way that many elected Republicans are. He doesn’t disguise his racism with dogwhistles, he flaunts it openly.
For example, he once tweeted that “We can’t restore our civilization with somebody else’s babies.”
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
He also doesn’t think minorities contribute to “civilization.” On an MSNBC panel in 2016, King spun the GOP’s lack of diversity as a good thing.
“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?” he asked.
More recently, he spoke in front of a far-right party in Austria that was started by a literal honest-to-god Nazi and endorsed an avowed white nationalist.
Despite his long history of out-and-out racism, King hasn’t suffered any repercussions. His constituents have been sent him back to Congress in every election and Paul Ryan hasn’t seen any reason to strip him of his committee assignments.
Thankfully, that might be starting to change. The NRCC, the Republican committee that works to elect House Republicans, stopped supporting King’s re-election bid. He’s also lost the support of major donors, including Land O’ Lakes, Purina, and Intel. King has suffered in the polls as well, and only has a single point lead over his Democratic opponent in a district Trump won by 27 points.
It seems the change in fortunes is starting to get to him, because now he’s lashing out at his constituents. During a candidate forum in Iowa a man questioned King about his continued commitment to bigoted immigration conspiracy theories in the wake of both the pipe bombing and the synagogue attack, both of which were perpetrated by men who bought into King’s worldview.
“You and the shooter both share an ideology that is fundamentally anti-immigration,” the man said.
“Do not associate me with that shooter,” King shot back. “I knew you were an ambusher when you walked in the room, but there is no basis for that, and you get no questions, and you get no answers.”
“But do you identify as a white supremacist?” he continued.
“Stop it!” King yelled.
When the questioner continued to press King on his views, asking him why he met with a white supremacist group in Austria, King had security remove the man.
— Iowa Starting Line (@IAStartingLine) November 1, 2018
Sounds like Steve King is pretty frazzled from all that bigotry! Hopefully the people of Iowa’s fourth district send him on a nice long vacation soon.
h/t: Mother Jones