One of the more appalling stories yesterday centered around a tweet from Rep. Steve King (R-IA) where he cited radical anti-Muslim Dutch politician Geert Wilders, using rhetoric that sounded as if it was taken straight out of the White Nationalist Handbook:
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
Naturally, this tweet earned high praise from former Grand Wizard of the KKK David Duke, who tweeted “sanity reigns supreme in Iowa’s 4th congressional district” and “GOD BLESS STEVE KING!!!”
Many have spun this as more of the same anti-Muslim/xenophobic rhetoric that’s becoming disgustingly common among Republicans, but this is much more than that. While the source he cited is primarily focused on hatred toward Muslims, King used that, then took it to another level.
If you go to the Voice of Europe Twitter account, the place where King found the meme he retweeted along with his disgusting comment, you’ll find nothing more than a hate group — period. The rhetoric they use there is taken directly from the “European American” nonsense you hear white supremacists use here to claim that they’re not racist — they’re just standing up for their “European heritage.”
Though I feel most people were upset by the wrong part of King’s comment. Without a doubt, “We can’t restore our civilization with someone else’s babies” is absolutely appalling, but the part that stood out to me was where he said “Wilders understand that culture and demographics are our destiny.”
The term “demographic” often refers to particular subsections of people within a population. The term “destiny” usually refers to the belief that something is predetermined to happen or inevitable. Finally, “culture” is most commonly used in reference to the characteristics of a certain civilization or group.
Meaning that the only thing King could have truly meant when he referenced this was that he feels that the only true inevitable fate of American society is through a particular grouping of people within our society.
Now, I wonder, what “cultural demographic of destiny” might the extremely anti-immigrant Rep. Steve King — a man who also staunchly opposed putting African American hero and abolitionist Harriet Tubman on the $20 bill — be referring to when he used white nationalist rhetoric while citing a radical anti-Muslim hate group?
I think we all know the answer to that question. Oddly enough, I haven’t seen many people tying in his past racism with these current remarks, which I think is a mistake because it’s clearly all part of the same bigoted and racist pattern he’s displayed throughout his career.
There’s no spinning any of it: This was blatant white nationalism being openly used and endorsed by a Republican member of the House of Representatives.
This was King’s “coming out as a white nationalist” moment. Many of us knew that’s the type of person he was, but he usually masked his racism under the guise of “concerns about immigration” or his ridiculous excuses as to why he objected with placing Tubman on U.S. currency.
In a sane world, the GOP would already be pushing him to resign. This wasn’t a “slip of the tongue,” or simply King “misspeaking.” Based on his history, this is exactly who he is — a racist and a white nationalist.
Will he be pushed to resign? It’s doubtful. After all, this is a party that’s embraced Donald Trump, arguably the main reason why white nationalism has become more popular now than it’s been in decades.
However, if he’s not forced to resign, then I damn sure don’t want to see any Republican sit there and tell me that their party hasn’t fully embraced racism. There’s absolutely no excuse for what King said and his continued support by the GOP is their endorsement of white nationalism.
Though if we’re being honest, that endorsement happened decades ago — Donald Trump just finally brought it out of the shadows.