Steve King defends his tweet claiming that western civilization can’t be restored ‘with someone else’s babies’.
Democrats are calling on Republicans to condemn Rep. Steve King for his anti-immigrant comments on Sunday and Monday while few of his colleagues are defending him.
“Republican Congressman Steve King’s vile racism has no place in decent society, much less in the U.S. Congress,” Drew Hammill, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi’s spokesman said in a statement. “But once again, disgusting hatred has been met with deafening silence from Speaker [Paul D.] Ryan.”
In a statement, Ryan’s spokesperson AshLee Strong said House Speaker Paul D. Ryan “speaker clearly disagrees and believes America’s long history of inclusiveness is one of its great strengths.”
King on Sunday tweeted support of Dutch nationalist politician Geert Wilders, whose nationalist Party for Freedom had been gaining traction in the Netherlands, though has lagged a bit recently.
“We can’t restore our civilization with somebody else’s babies,” King tweeted, saying that Wilders “understands” that culture and demographics are destiny.
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 defended the comments on CNN on Monday saying and he wanted America be “so homogeneous that we look a lot the same” and wanted less of an emphasis on race.
Democratic criticism of the Iowa congressman has piled up since his initial tweet on Sunday then his comments in defending the remark on Monday.
Rep. John Lewis said the kind of sentiments that King voiced “have given rise to some of the worst atrocities in human history.”
These ideas have given rise to some of the worst atrocities in human history, and they must be condemned. https://t.co/r53locW5Zf
— John Lewis (@repjohnlewis) March 13, 2017
Called the “Dutch Donald Trump” by some, Wilders has been considered wildly Islamophobic, tweeting in January his hope for 2017 was “No More Islam.” He has also previously said “I don’t hate Muslims. I hate Islam.”