Representative Steve King of Iowa went from basically racist to full-on white supremacist with a tweet over the weekend.
He tweeted in support of Geert Wilders, a far-right Dutch politician.
The American congressman said,
King, a Republican, came under criticism for that tweet almost immediately as a bunch of people were like, "Uhhh dude, that's really fucked up."
What King's tweet means, essentially, is that he only wants white Christians to populate America (and the Netherlands, too, I guess).
A lot of people took King to task for promoting white nationalist ideals.
Because, yeah, that idea of "only white Christian babies" is literally the main point of white nationalism.
For some context, King has often said and done things that others have called out as racist. During the 2008 election, for instance, he said Barack Obama's middle name, Hussein, would have "radical Islamists" "dancing in the streets."
Other members of Congress, including Republicans, called out their colleague for his racist tweet.
Jeff Kaufmann, chairman of the Iowa Republican Party, said,
Some people reminded King of what non-white people have contributed to civilization.
Of course, not everyone was mad about King's tweet.
Richard Spencer, the white supremacist who got punched in the face earlier this year, and David Duke, former leader of the Ku Klux Klan, totally agreed with King's white nationalist-tinged tweet.
Kaufman, the Iowa GOP chairman, said,
King himself stood by his tweet in comments made on Monday morning.
In an appearance on CNN, King said he "meant exactly what I said." He explained,
By the way, that whole "get our birth rates up" thing reeks of sexism. (Ladies, stop controlling your damn uteruses and just fulfill your life purpose of popping out babies -- but only if you're a white woman, of course!)
And don't worry, King went full anti-abortion, blaming abortion for low birth rates.
King went on to say,
What exactly he wants immigrants to "assimilate to" he did not entirely specify, but I'm betting he had that Confederate flag in mind as he was saying it.
Just to make sure you know he believes white supremacist ideas, King said,
But, he insisted, this is about "the culture, not the blood." So, there you have it.
Citations: GOP lawmaker: 'We can't restore our civilization with somebody else's babies' (The Hill), Iowa GOP chairman slams Steve King for tweet supporting far-right Dutch politician (The Hill), Steve King Won't Back Down From His Tweet About 'Somebody Else's Babies' (Talking Points Memo)