US congressman defends warning against populating America with ‘somebody else's babies’
The original post King retweeted, from an account called Voice of Europe, reads, “Hundreds of Islamists shouting ‘Allahu Akbar’ in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. Wilders is right for over 10 years.”
The tweet refers to and also includes an image of far-right Dutch politician Geert Wilders plugging a hole in a wall labeled “Western Civilization,” while Muslims protest behind him with signs that read, “Infidels, Know Your Limits” and “Freedom of Speech Go To Hell.”
On Sunday, King, the vice-chairman of the House Subcommittee on Immigration, retweeted the post and included his own message: “Wilders understands that culture and demographics are our destiny. We can't restore our civilization with somebody 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
On Monday, King went on CNN to defend his tweet, telling host Chris Cuomo, “I meant exactly what I said.”
For the past 10 years, King claimed, he has been warning Europe to keep their birth-rate high, otherwise, he says, “Europe will be entirely transformed within a half-century or more.”
Cuomo asked how King could apply the same kind of thinking to America without sounding like he was advocating a “white cleanse” of the American population. While King said that he would like to see “an America that's so homogenous that we look a lot the same from that perspective,” he also says that American culture is under attack.
King claims that liberals are trying to “break down the American civilization and the American culture and turn it into something entirely different.”
King said a major part of the problem comes from a high number of abortions, which has caused America to “replace that void” with immigrants.
“That's the push to bring in much illegal immigration into America, living in enclaves, refusing to assimilate into the American culture and civilization,” King said.
King’s comments caused a frenzy among those on the left and right, many of whom called on him to step down or be replaced.
America is a nation of immigrants. The sentiment expressed by Steve King doesn't reflect our shared history or values. https://t.co/msydFudA7m— Jeb Bush (@JebBush) March 13, 2017
Clearly the Congressman does not view all our children as, well, all our children. Particularly ironic & painful on Purim. https://t.co/DSmU6hUhhz— Chelsea Clinton (@ChelseaClinton) March 12, 2017
"somebody elses babies" are in US mil uniforms and in harm's way. volunteers to protect America.— Tom Brokaw (@tombrokaw) March 13, 2017
Cong King, please!
King is a total ignoramus and no one takes him seriously. He does give off good quotes to outrage people though. https://t.co/tMZf7heR9O— Howard Dean (@GovHowardDean) March 12, 2017
Is it worth making the obvious point that what American history has been about is "restoring" ourselves with "somebody else's babies?" https://t.co/DZAjW670Ur— Bill Kristol (@BillKristol) March 12, 2017
Steve King needs to resign, go away, remove himself from any role in directing the future of our country. https://t.co/AfWxsFuoFX— Jared Yates Sexton (@JYSexton) March 12, 2017
King’s tweet was praised by Richard Spencer, the president of The National Policy Institute, who said that King’s comments were controversial, “precisely because they are true.”
The 15 Words:— Richard 🥛 Spencer (@RichardBSpencer) March 12, 2017
[C]ulture and demographics are our destiny. We can't restore our civilization with somebody else's babies.
King also saw support from David Duke, the former grand wizard of the KKK, who called on his followers to move to King’s district.
On Monday, Jeff Kaufmann, the chairman of Iowa's Republican Party, released a statement saying that Duke is not welcome in Iowa.
“I do not agree with Congressman King's statement. We are a nation of immigrants, and diversity is the strength of any nation and any community,” Kaufmann said.