A Republican who sent a vile tweet over the weekend is defending his statement, suggesting that white people need to “restore our civilization” and that white people need to have more babies.
Rep. Steve King, a Republican from Iowa, sent a tweet over the weekend defending the views of a far-right Dutch politician, and adding his own controversial statement into the foray.
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
King was referring to Muslim immigrants who Wilder sees as detrimental to his nation’s future. Wilder is running for parliament in the Netherlands on an anti-immigrant platform that has at times devolved into statements of hatred toward followers of Islam.
“If a Dutch person driving in a car drives five miles too fast he will be fined within a minute whereas the Moroccan scum in Holland — once again, not all are scum, but there is a lot of Moroccan scum in Holland who makes the streets unsafe mostly young people and they are not taken seriously,” Wilder recently said.
Rep. King’s tweet seems to echo those sentiments, suggesting two things: that our civilization needs restoring, and that only people with European backgrounds can save it.
Condemnation on Twitter was swift, with many pointing out the hypocrisy and fear-mongering put out by the conservative lawmaker.
Dear Representative Steve King: These are my two babies. –Representative Ted Lieu pic.twitter.com/MHU21jJUrY
— Ted Lieu (@tedlieu) March 12, 2017
Steve King: We can't restore our civilization with somebody else's babies.
– What do you mean "we," paleface? pic.twitter.com/8c5n5js6Pt
— Dab Aggin (@DabAggin) March 12, 2017
Still others pointed out, this was not the first time that King had said something controversial like this. King had once suggested that minorities (which he called “sub-groups”) had contributed very little to Western society in comparison to whites.
Steve King's Greatest Hits Vol. I pic.twitter.com/Rd5ZBzrNfV
— Jordan Uhl (@JordanUhl) March 12, 2017
But King refused to apologize for his words. Instead, he doubled-down on them, telling one interviewer, “I meant exactly what I said.”
“It’s a clear message,” King said on CNN’s “New Day” on Monday morning. “We need to get our birth rates up or Europe will be entirely transformed within a half century or a little more. And Geert Wilders knows that and that’s part of his campaign and part of his agenda.”
But King wasn’t done there. “I’d like to see an America that’s just so homogenous that we look a lot the same, from that perspective,” he added. “I’m a champion for western civilization and yes our English language is a big part of it. It’s a carrier of freedom.”
Chris Walker has been writing about political issues for the past decade, including for sites such as Elite Daily, AMERICAblog, and Mic. You can follow him on Twitter @thatchriswalker.