Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, didn’t back down from comments he made in a tweet promoting a far-right Dutch politician, known for holding anti-Islamic views and wanting to curb Muslim immigration.
During an appearance on CNN this morning, King said he was concerned that Americans were aborting their babies and the country was trying to fill that hole with illegal immigrants, who were not assimilating to American culture.
‘There’s been this effort we’re going to have to replace that void with somebody else’s babies,’ King said. ‘That’s the push to bring in much illegal immigration into America, living in enclaves, refusing to assimilate into the American culture and civilization.’
While King admitted that some immigrants have embraced being Americans ‘many are two and three generations living in enclaves that are pushing back in resistance against assimilation.’
Rep. Steve King, an Iowa Republican, doubled down on a tweet he sent out this weekend in support of a far-right Dutch politician known for his anti-Islam views
CNN’s Chris Cuomo (left) interviewed Rep. Steve King (right) this morning, who told the newsman it wasn’t race he was concerned about, but culture
On Saturday, Steve King dashed off a tweet in support of Geert Wilders. Today he explained that he was concerned that the void left from American babies being aborted was being filled with illegal immigrants, who weren’t assimilating to American culture
The Iowa Republican noted that it was far worse in Europe, but he warned that the country still needed to be mindful of its birth rate – and needed to do away with illegal immigration.
‘That makes us stronger,’ he said.
In a Sunday afternoon tweet, the Iowa Republican had praised Geert Wilders, a Dutch far-right politician, known for his anti-Islam views.
King had passed along a cartoon of Wilders plugging a hole in a leaking wall, which was labeled ‘Western Civilization.’
‘Wilders understands that culture and demographics are our destiny. We can’t restore our civilization with somebody else’s babies,’ King opined.
The tweet got him praise from white supremacist and former KKK member David Duke, who wrote, ‘GOD BLESS STEVE KING!!!’
In other pockets of the internet, the tweet was swiftly condemned and rebuked.
Sitting down with CNN’s Chris Cuomo, King said he meant what he said in the tweet.
‘Of course I meant exactly what I said as is always the case, Chris,’ King told the newsman.
King explained that he had visited Germany and seen what was happening in Western Europe, with most countries experiencing a diminishing birthrate.
‘I’ve said to them you can’t rebuild your civilization with somebody else’s babies,’ King said. ‘You’ve got to keep your birth rate up and you need to teach your children your values.’
‘In doing so, you can grow your population and strengthen your culture, strengthen your way of life,’ the Iowa Republican continued.
‘That’s not happening in any of the Western European countries,’ King added.
Wilders, King argued, ‘knows that.’
‘That’s part of his campaign and part of his agenda,’ King said.
Cuomo pushed back, suggesting what King had just said was a ‘complete contradiction’ to America as a ‘melting pot.’
‘Who is somebody else’s babies?’ Cuomo also asked.
King explained that when you look at the country ‘you see all different kinds of Americans,’ who are raised in an American culture.
‘We’ve also aborted nearly 60 million babies in this country since 1973,’ the pro-life congressman added.
King suggested that in order to replace that void, people have been receptive of bringing illegal immigrants into the country and he pointed a finger at those immigrants saying that they weren’t assimilating.
Cuomo charged that King kept ‘making this point that this country needs to be about white people raising their birth rate and not bringing in other people.’
The congressman countered that by saying that it’s not about race, but about culture.
‘It’s the culture, not the blood,’ King said.
‘If you can go anywhere in the world and adopt these babies and put them into households that were already assimilated in America, those babies will grow up as American as any other baby with as much patriotism and love of country as any other baby,’ the congressman added.
When Cuomo challenged him again, King stated, ‘Well, actually, if you go down the road a few generations or maybe centuries with the intermarriage, I’d like to see an America that’s so homogenous that we look a lot the same from that perspective.’
He added, again, that it wasn’t about race.
King, however, paused when Cuomo asked if Muslim Americans, Italian Americans Irish, Scotch and German Americans were all equal.
‘They contribute differently to our culture and civilization,’ King said, noting that ‘moderate Muslims’ are equal.
When asked the question again, King noted that all people are viewed equally in the eyes of God and Americans are all viewed equally in the eyes of the law.
‘Individuals will contribute differently, not equally to this civilization and society,’ he added.
‘Certain groups of people will do more from a productive side than Other groups of people will,’ King said. ‘That’s just a statistical fact.’