Racist GOP Congressman: Only White Babies Can ‘Restore Civilization’

There’s no doubt about it: Steve King’s tweet screams white supremacy. He essentially just said non-white people don’t make America great again.

UPDATE: After having faced severe backlash over his latest tweets, Rep. Steve King (R-IA) stood behind his comments. During a Monday interview, the racist congressman said he would like to see the United States becoming “so homogenous that we look a lot the same.”

“This is being condemned by many regions of American politics and citizenry,” CNN host Christ Cuomo said when discussing King's tweet supporting white nationalism. When asked what he had meant by his online comments, the congressman responded:

“Well, of course, I meant exactly what I said. You cannot rebuild your civilization with somebody else’s babies. You’ve got to keep your birth rate up. ... You need to teach your children your values and in doing so, then you can grow your population, and you can strengthen your culture, you can strengthen your way of life.”

Here's the interview:

During the exchange, Cuomo called out King for trying to “white cleanse” the American population. He also accused the lawmaker of viewing U.S. individuals as either “white” or “not right.”

The congressman failed to fully address Cuomo's remarks.


First things first: The main story here is not the backlash GOP Rep. Steve King is receiving for his racist tweet.

The main story is that he posted a tweet reeking of white supremacy and, somehow, has not been questioned over it.

As of the time of writing this story, it’s been several hours since King, a Republican from Iowa, posted a tweet that is a not-so-subtle endorsement of white nationalism. Despite the backlash, he still hasn’t taken it down.

King made the remark while sharing a story about the far-right (read: Islamophobe) Dutch politician Geert Wilders, who has infamously called Moroccan immigrants “scum,” wants to ban the Quran and put an end to Muslim immigration altogether.

The Iowa Republican was weighing in on how certain “culture and demographics” are fundamental to European and American societies. He ended his argument by saying how the Western civilization cannot be restored “with somebody else’s babies.”

To put it simply, here’s what King is suggesting: Western civilization doesn’t need people of color, specifically their babies, to prosper. The statement echoes core values of white supremacist groups like the Ku Klux Klan and the neo-Ku Klux Klan called the “alt-right movement,” according to which national identity is exclusively defined by the white race and superiority.

For those who think people are reading too much into King’s words, here’s a tweet by David Duke, former leader of the KKK, praising King:


However, there are other people with morals and a conscience who have reacted angrily to King’s remark:






Banner and thumbnail credit: Reuters, Brian Frank 

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