Rep. Steve King’s racist comments are nothing new, but this time he finally went too far for some people in the Republican party.
Steve King is on the house floor defending himself today, perhaps he thought the Government shutdown would take the attention away from his comments.
In an interview with The New York Times, Rep. Steve King asked “White nationalist, white supremacist, western civilization, how did that language become offensive?” King continued, “Why did I sit in classes teaching me about the merits of our history and our civilization?”
This comment from King prompted outrage from Democrats and Republicans, Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich) called his comments an “embrace of racism” that doesn’t have “no place in Congress.”
Liz Cheney, daughter of Vice President Dick Cheney also said “These comments are abhorrent and racist and should have no place in our national discourse.”
Conservative pundit Ben Shapiro is even calling for Congress to censure Steve King and for him to be primaried ASAP.
Republicans are finally speaking out but Steve King has a long history of making racial comments and it seems Republicans are so used to him being offensive that they just ignore him.
“When he does something that’s inappropriate or outlandish, many people in leadership have chosen to turn their heads the other way, because they don’t know how else to deal with him,” Republican strategist Nick Ryan said.
Some of Steve King’s racist comments
Here are just a few controversial and racial comments Rep. Steve King has made.
Calves the size of cantaloupes
In an interview with conservative site Newsmax, King made comments about DREAM Act and people who were brought into the United States by their parents.
“Some of them are valedictorians, and their parents brought them in,” King said. “For everyone who’s a valedictorian, there’s another 100 out there that weigh 130 pounds and they’ve got calves the size of cantaloupes because they’re hauling 75 pounds of marijuana across the desert.”
Immigrants are like dogs
During a town meetings back in 2012 King also compared immigrants to dogs, telling his constituents that the U.S. should only pick the best immigrants.
“You want a good bird dog?
“You get the pick of the litter and you got yourself a pretty good bird dog. Well, we’ve got the pick of every donor civilization on the planet,” King said. “We’ve got the vigor from the planet to come to America.”
Retweeting Nazi sympathizers
Mark Collett, is the former chairman of the Young BNP that also shares the same views as King.
Collett tweeted a screenshot of a Brietbart article titled “Vast Majority of Under-35 Italians Now Oppose Mass Migration”
Steve King retweeted Collett’s tweet with a comment that said “Europe is waking up…Will America…in time?”
King’s Confederate battle flag
Rep. King also displayed a Confederate battle flag on his desk in Washington. The flag was seen during a 2015 Sioux City’s KCAU TV story about the bill King introduced named “Sarah’s Law,” a law named after Iowan Sarah Root. After she was killed by an undocumented immigrant.
Yes, Steve King has a Confederate flag on his desk while drafting policies for The United States of America.
The Iowa representative also defended the flag on his desk. “I regret deeply that we’re watching this country be divided again over a symbol,” King said.
“When I go to Germany, they’ve outlawed the Swastika, I look at them and think, ‘We have a 1st Amendment, that can’t happen here in the United States because we’re open enough’ … They’re saying we should outlaw that so the American people don’t have a chance to see our heritage. Everything about America’s history is not glorious. Everything in our history is not right in our judgement looking back in hindsight … We can accept our history, we can be proud of our history. We can unify our country.”
Mr. King’s district is overwhelmingly white and mostly conservative. Many of the people who elected him, share the same views about both immigrants and illegals.
In 2017, Steve King shared a story on Twitter where he said “We can’t restore our civilization with somebody else’s babies,” replying to a far-right Dutch politician Geert Wilders.
Wilders wants to end Muslim immigration and ban the Quran. Wilders also called Moroccan immigrants “scum.”
David Duke saw this tweet and commented “GOD BLESS STEVE KING!!!”
Many people condemned Steve King, some called him a bigot and one person said “You know that you were ‘somebody else’s baby’ too, right? Or do you not understand how this works?”
Democratic Rep. Ted Lieu from California also shared a photo of his sons on Twitter with a caption saying “These are my two babies.” Lieu was born in Taiwan.
What nonwhites have contributed to civilization?
King was elected to congress in 2002 and during a panel discussion about the different race of people in the Republican party.
“I’d ask you to go back through history and figure out where are these contributions that have been made by these other categories of people that you are talking about,” Mr. King said. “Where did any other subgroup of people contribute more to civilization?”
Steve King today
Sadly, many people though Steve King would be primaried during the 2018 Midterms where Democrats took over the House and Nancy Pelosi became the 55th Speaker of the House.
Mr. King was re-elected to continue leading the charge for a one race nation. Republicans claim that he had “no place in the Republican Party,” but conservatives in Iowa thought different.
Google bias agains’t conservatives?
King has also accused Google of bias during a House Judiciary hearing. “There is a very strong conviction on this side of the aisle that the algorithms are written with a bias against conservatives,” King said.
The Representative also demanded a list of names for more than 1,000 employees who work on Google’s algorithm, to look for “a built-in bias.”
Now that Steve King is asking what’s so offensive about white nationalism and white supremacy, Ted Lieu quickly reminded him on Twitter saying “this one reason why you get bad search results when you type your name in Google.”
Republicans are finally calling out Steve King for his latest statements but this is who he is. Steve King’s racial comments are nothing new for the GOP.