Congressman who made racist tweet says he meant what he said

Republican Rep. Steve King speaks to reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington.
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On Monday, Rep. Steve King didn’t disavow a tweet he sent over the weekend in which he wrote, “we can’t restore our civilization with somebody else’s babies.”

The tweet was part of an endorsement of Dutch far-right presidential candidate Geert Wilders, an avowedly anti-Islam and anti-immigration politician. White nationalists and supremacists praised King. The reason is obvious. As was written by the avowedly white supremacist Andrew Anglin, there’s “not really any nuance there.”

King fortified his position on Monday when he went on CNN.

“I meant exactly what I said,” King told CNN anchor Chris Cuomo. “Ive been to Europe and Ive spoken on this issue and Ive said the same thing as far as 10 years ago to the German people. Ive said to them, you cannot rebuild your civilization with somebody elses babies. You need to keep your birth rate up.”

Cuomo challenged King. The anchor said he feels diversity is an “unqualified strength” of the United States, and that King sounds like he’s trying to “white cleanse” the country. Cuomo then asked King to whom he was referring when King said “somebody else’s babies,” though King didn’t answer the question.

The anchor followed by offering King a chance to say he wasn’t advocating for white supremacy in the U.S.

It seemed like “you were trying to say ‘someone else’s babies’ means ‘you’re either white or you’re not right,’ and as you know that is anathema to what America is all about,” Cuomo said. “Can we get agreement on that?”

King ducks again.

“If you go down the road a few generations or maybe centuries, with the intermarriage, I’d like to see an America that’s just so homogenous that we look a lot the same from that perspective,” King said.

The congressman later said he wasn’t advocating white supremacy, but did say western societies are “a superior civilization.”

And still there’s more. Cuomo, one last time, asks King whether he values the lives of Muslim Americans, Jewish Americans, Italian Americans and Christian Americans the same.

King pauses, and Cuomo can’t believe it. The anchor rehashes the question a few times.

“They are either all equal or they are not, in your mind,” Cuomo said. “What is the answer?”

King said everyone is equal in the eyes of God, but some “groups” of people will be more productive than others. It’s about the culture, he said, not the race, though race is used as an identifier.

Alright then.

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