Congress’ most cuddly racist Steve King from Iowa (who “used” to keep a Confederate flag on his desk) was at it again Monday. He tweeted support for a xenophobic politician in the Netherlands with “We can’t restore our civilization with somebody else’s babies.”
King was backing Geert Wilders, a far-right Dutch parliamentarian who has called for shutting down mosques in his country.
While many of King’s supporters are defending him from accusations of racism, the man who once proclaimed that Mexicans with “calves the size of cantaloupes” were hauling drugs across the border, was being cheered on by David Duke and The Daily Stormer, a neo-Nazi website. Yeah, that’s who you want supporting your political positions. Grand wizards and Nazis. You go, boy.
While the Republican party defends itself from attracting fringe racists like Duke, other KKK members, Nazis, Duck Dynasty goobers, and Ted Nugent, Steve King is an actual congressman. Conservative voters elected him to represent them. What the F, Iowa? Even Louisiana rejected David Duke and he went to the trouble to get a face lift to make himself appear less menacing.
King does not believe in the American melting pot and once said “It is time to speak with a common voice. The argument that diversity is our strength has really never been backed up by logic.” He’s advocated for a border fence long before Trump entered politics and suggested that it be electrified as he compared immigrants to cattle and dogs. While Obama was a U.S. senator he referred to him as a “very, very urban senator.” He nearly had an anxiety attack over Harriet Tubman replacing Andrew Jackson on the $20 bill.
King doubled down on his “somebody else’s babies” when he told CNN “I meant exactly what I said,” adding that he would “like to see an America that’s just so homogeneous that we look a lot the same, from that.”
That’s a statement from someone who cares about the color of his neighbors. When someone makes a statement about us all looking alike, the word they’re looking for is “white.”
King and his supporters worry about our culture. Keep an ear out for that word, “culture.” It’s one of many dog whistles racists use today. Others being “urban,” “inner cities,” “states’ rights,” law and order,” “Sharia law,” “radical Islam,” and “thug.”
People like King worry about the day when white people no longer make up the majority of Americans. They’re terrified of different cultures entering our nation. I got some news for those people. Their culture is our culture.
America works on diversity. It was built on it and its greatness is defined by it. When people argue that we’re the greatest nation on the planet, it’s our diversity that comes closest to making that true. I like knowing people with different backgrounds and outlooks. It makes life more interesting. Wonder Bread is boring.
Here’s a tip on dealing with people of a different race, religion, color, culture, etc. Treat them like people. And don’t send people like Steve King to represent you in Congress.
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