Iowa Rep. Steve King has been in the news recently because of racially charged comments that he not only made about immigration, but doubled down on.
The Republican legislator has been taking heat over his support of Dutch far-right European politician Geert Wilders by retweeting a cartoon depicting him putting his finger in a wall marked “western civilization,” and remarking “Wilders understands that culture and demographics are our destiny. We can’t restore civilization with someone else’s babies.”
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
He later followed those comments while speaking to radio host Jan Mickelson on WHO Radio in Des Moines, Iowa about comments that Univision anchor Jorge Ramos made to Fox News’ Tucker Carlson on people of color overtaking Whites as a population majority.
“He’s adding up Hispanics and blacks into what he predicts will be in greater number than whites in America. I will predict that Hispanics and the Blacks will be fighting each other before that happens,” King said.
But this type of rhetoric isn’t new for King. He’s got a history of language like this that has outraged people in the past. Here are some of the most overt.
1. Offended everyone who made a contribution to global society as we know it. In an appearance on MSNBC during the 2016 Republican National Convention, he refuted Esquire’s Charles Pierce contention about “old White people” and the Republican party. But King replied asking who has contributed more to civilization.
2. Tried to block Harriet Tubman from being placed on $20 bill after calling it “racist” and “sexist.” King said publicly that the abolitionist’s accomplishments did not measure up to those of President Andrew Jackson, and introduced an amendment to the bill to place Tubman’s image on the currency that would have halted the U.S. Treasury from doing so. But the amendment failed because the House Rules Committee said that it did not comply with House rules.
3. Went further on his sentiments about undocumented immigrants. King made comments that some immigrants have “calves the size of cantaloupes” because of marijuana smuggling. The remark was made during the debate over immigration reform. It is one of several such comments he’s made over the years about immigrants, and defended.
4. Agreed with populist repudiation of “Black Lives Matter” as a slogan. In an interview with Buzzfeed, also during the 2016 RNC, King was asked what he thought about people saying “All Lives Matter” and “Blue Lives Matter.” He replied:“The rest of these lives that matter too are not demonstrating in the streets,” King said. Further, he was asked about apprehensions among some Blacks about police interactions and he replied: “You know that statistically the greatest danger to a black man in America is another black man.”