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Steve King’s Statements Are Outrageous, But His White Nationalist Policies Are Even Worse

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Steve King’s Statements Are Outrageous, But His White Nationalist Policies Are Even Worse

Rep. Steve King said whites have contributed more to civilization than other "sub-groups" on MSNBC.

Reprinted with permission from Alternet.

Iowa Representative Steve King provoked widespread outrage this week for making, and then defending, white-supremacist statements in support of Geert Wilders, the leader of the Dutch fascist Party for Freedom, in the leadup to the Netherlands’ Wednesday election.

“Wilders understands that culture and demographics are our destiny. We can’t restore our civilization with somebody else’s babies,” King tweeted Sunday, linking to a Voice of Europe website image depicting Wilders’ virulent Islamophobia as a defense of European “civilization.”

King’s remarks are in line with his long-standing track record of making racist claims that people of color, immigrants and Muslims pose a threat to “white purity.”

While King’s racist rhetoric has earned him the opprobrium of pundits and social media alike, lesser noticed are the far-right policies he is aggressively pushing, with the help of his Republican colleagues in Washington. From hardline anti-immigration bills to school privatization acts, King’s initiatives cast him as a representative of the Trump-aligned forces at the helm of America’s political institutions, positioned to inflict material harm on countless people through actions, not just words.

A Republican representative for northwestern Iowa since 2003, King first threw his support behind presidential candidate Ted Cruz before making the jump to Trump. He has emerged as an enthusiastic proponent of Trump’s proposed border wall between the U.S. and Mexico, a region already lined with walls and fences and featuring a heavily militarized U.S. presence.

King, who ran the company King Construction before his son took over, claims to have designed his own wall, stating on his website, “My concrete wall would function as both a human and vehicle barrier, inspired by the success of the concrete wall in Israel. My design is cost-efficient, easy to construct and impenetrable. This design would funnel illegal traffic to our ports of entry, where it can be reasonably controlled by our nation’s customs and border patrol agents.” He recently said he sent his construction plans to John Kelly, who now heads the Department of Homeland Security.

As vice chairman of the House Subcommittee on Immigration, King introduced the “Birthright Citizenship Act of 2017,” which targets the children of undocumented immigrants by terminating the process by which they are automatically granted citizenship if they are born in the United States. This is just one of several attempts by King to advance such legislation, and now he is doing so with 22 co-sponsors. If passed, the bill would rip families apart and put children at an increased risk of incarceration, abuse and forcible expulsion.

Notably, King appears to have allies in the Trump administration. Vice President Mike Pence said last fall that Trump’s then-proposed immigration commission would “look at all of our immigration laws, including the whole question of ‘anchor babies'” (a derogatory term referring to children whose parents are not U.S. citizens).

Like Trump, King is an anti-immigrant, anti-Muslim hardliner who has received the political backing of European fascist leaders, as well as domestic white supremacists, including former Ku Klux Klansman David Duke.

Since Trump’s inauguration, King has introduced a flurry of far-right initiatives that are in line with the new administration’s policies. These include an act advancing school privatization, a proposed repeal of the EB-5 visa waiver program and an anti-worker “national right to work act.” King recently introduced a bill allowing the U.S. government to revoke the citizenship of “Americans who knowingly join or provide material support to foreign terrorist organizations such as ISIS.” Notably, Ted Cruz presented the companion bill to the Senate, with the co-sponsorship of Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and Mike Lee (R-UT). King also proposed a “Resolution Rebuking the Courts’ Actions Against President Trump’s Executive Order” on immigration, a clear effort to shore up support for Trump’s travel ban targeting Muslims.

In light of these policy positions, King’s rhetoric throws into relief the racist forces taking power in the U.S. and Europe. In September 2016, King published a tweet showing a photograph of himself standing alongside the European fascist leaders Frauke Petry and Geert Wilders with the phrase, “Cultural suicide by demographic transformation must end.” The language is a reference to the racist tenet that “white purity” is under threat.

During an MSNBC panel discussion hosted by Chris Hayes in July, King argued that white people have made the most valuable contributions to civilization. “This whole ‘old white people’ business does get a little tired,” he said. “I’d ask you to go back through history and figure out where are these contributions that have been made by these other categories of people that you are talking about? Where did any other subgroup of people contribute more to civilization?”

In September 2014, King called on the U.S. government to indiscriminately spy on mosques, allegedly to target ISIS recruitment. Speaking with the Deace show, he said of ISIS recruiters: “So they have a network that they flow in. And it isn’t that all Muslims are [supporters] of ISIS, but the network that flows through the mosques is certainly the communications center. We ought to be looking at this dot to dot. And we ought to have people in those mosques watching to see what’s going on.”

The surveillance of mosques and Muslim communities spread under the Obama and George W. Bush administrations. During the 2016 presidential elections, Ted Cruz and Donald Trump called for police to patrol Muslim neighborhoods, echoing King’s earlier policy prescriptions.

Muslims aren’t the only targets of King’s racist rants. In a 2013 interview with the right-wing outlet Newsmax, he insulted undocumented children by employing racist and xenophobic stereotypes. “For everyone who’s a valedictorian, there’s another 100 out there who weigh 130 pounds—and they’ve got calves the size of cantaloupes because they’re hauling 75 pounds of marijuana across the desert,” he stated.

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  1. Aaron_of_Portsmouth March 14, 2017

    A majority of Iowan voters felt the urge to elect a white nationalist GOP politician as their US representative, and now Steve King has further cemented the GOP’s reputation for being a magnet of racism and for racist ideology. The GOP must at least be man enough to say that this is who they are and wish to be known as, unless a majority of Congress indicate otherwise.
    The Iowan voters in support of a racialist like Steve King should at least affirm that that is how they wish their fellow Iowans, and others across the nation, to view themselves as.

    1. FireBaron March 15, 2017

      Unfortunately, Aaron, once you get outside of the metropolitan areas of Iowa (Davenport, Des Moines) you are dealing with a white state that has been taught to live in fear of brown-skinned masses, Jews, Catholics, Mormons, Muslims, and anyone else not like them. This even includes the few Amish settlements in the state! So it is not surprising that someone like King can find people to vote for him. The churches these folks attend do not preach the Gospel of Christian Love, but the Gospel of Mosaic Exclusion. They pay more attention to the Pentatuch than to the Beatitudes, and will cherry-pick what they want to support them.

      1. Mama Bear March 15, 2017

        The most revealing thing you said, Fire, is “taught to live in fear”. That just breaks my heart…..adults, parents, teaching their children to live in fear. Ignorance ignorance ignorance. This is one big reason I so oppose home schooling.

        1. dpaano March 16, 2017

          I agree, but I read an article in the LA Times this morning that 45 is giving more of our tax money to charter schools and religious schools! I don’t want my money to go to these types of institutions….I prefer public education which was good enough for me! I would NEVER send my child to a charter school or a religious-based school! They are too structured and only teach what they WANT to teach and, in most cases, that isn’t what our children should be learning! I’m at a point now where I’m considering not even sending in my taxes this year…..why should I send 45 my $8000 tax bill when he’s not going to spend it the way I would like to have it spent! After all, I earned this money; I should have some say in where it goes! Also, if he’s cutting so many social services, etc., and is putting our taxpayer money into the defense budget…..that’s a bunch of BS! Rather than putting the money into the State Department so they can do their jobs of negotiating peace with our allies….he wants to build up our military and use it to “intimidate” North Korea or China…..neither of which will work and will only cause a major fiasco!! With North Korea having a nuclear bomb that may, in time, reach Los Angeles, it makes me a little nervous!

          1. Mama Bear March 16, 2017

            I hear ya’ sister. There is bound to be an uprising in this country and when California leaves I hope you will accept “foreigners” from Ohio!

          2. dpaano March 17, 2017

            I don’t think we’ll have to worry about that….if Tillerson has his way and we end up dealing with North Korea militarily, you can bet the first nuclear bomb from that country will be solidly aimed at Los Angeles. I may need to move in with you in Ohio!!! The most I can hope for is that Congress will NOT allow Tillerson and this government to take us into another unnecessary war, especially with a country that has and is NOT afraid to use nuclear weapons! North Korea’s army is bigger than the U.S. and they have a bigger defense budget (at the expense of all the poor people in that country). They are also VERY adept at fighting in their own terrain. So, if we end up going to war with North Korea, we will lose, especially when you think that China will probably fight with them since they are allies! Got room for two there in Ohio? Can I bring my dogs, my cat, my parrot, and my fish?

          3. Mama Bear March 17, 2017

            Well, yes…I have 4 bedroom 4 bath 3 level home and absolutely have room for you and your furry, finned, feathered family! I do worry about Humpty Trumpty and his crew with N Korea. They are two of a kind and neither has very many brain cells or cares about consequences.

          4. Aaron_of_Portsmouth March 16, 2017

            It’s frightening that so much money is being allocated to schools which rather than promote understanding and teach the Essence of what Religion is about, feed the children and youth with distorted interpretations of religion, and seek to force children to learn exclusively one religion.
            In Vancouver, Canada, there is a Baha’i University, that includes grades high school through 4 years of college, called Maxwell International School, named after a well-known Canadian Baha’i and architect named William Sutherland Maxwell. The curriculum includes standard courses as well as Religion courses in which the thrust and central core is the Oneness of Religion and of Humanity. The students are fully exposed to all the world’s major Religions. Other major schools for now are in India, Zaire, Ecuador—-in Iran, the Baha’i children, youth, and college age students are denied the opportunity to attend any of the schools because they’re Baha’is. So, the Baha’is there have developed an underground university of a fine quality.


          5. Mama Bear March 17, 2017

            thank you Aaron.

      2. Aaron_of_Portsmouth March 15, 2017

        Quite a dreary portrayal you present—I had no idea that so many Iowans have these traits.

        1. Mama Bear March 16, 2017

          not just Iowans, I’m afraid. I live in Ohio and outside the major cities it is the same. There is no reason to believe it is any different anywhere in the country. Isolation and mental/emotional inbreeding is what I think is the main contributor.

          1. dpaano March 16, 2017

            And the really stupid part is that many Muslims who live in this area are very law abiding and are good citizens! Same goes for the Latinos.

          2. Aaron_of_Portsmouth March 16, 2017

            Right you are. The disease of racism and bigotry are so ingrained in our moral fiber that it’s up to our youth and children to really start the task of rebuilding by setting an example for other youth. You and I in the meantime can point them in the right direction, by engaging the youth in conversations, formally and informally, and encouraging parents to concentrate on helping children to cultivate virtues at an early age. In my neighborhood this is what I and a female Baha’i friend initiated and offered to youth and children, using a program first developed by the Baha’i communities in Colombia, South America, and nor used across the world in Baha’i communities. The program is based on “Ruhi Book 3”, part of a series of books which Baha’is invite friends to study together with other Baha’is—in those countries in the world where Baha’is are allowed to practice their Religion that is.

      3. dpaano March 16, 2017

        I don’t think that the Amish even vote in most cases.

    2. InGen12 March 15, 2017

      What a vile man he is! And Iowa keeps sending him back govern! Appalling!

      1. dpaano March 16, 2017

        Apparently, they never learn! Either that, or they are just too lazy to do their research.

        1. Mama Bear March 17, 2017

          3rd option which I believe is the case – they like what he says

      2. Aaron_of_Portsmouth March 16, 2017

        Definitely needs to be taken behind the wood pile, and thrashed to a fare-thee-well.

        1. dpaano March 17, 2017

          I’d volunteer!!! Maybe a little “waterboarding” will change his mind a little!

    3. dpaano March 16, 2017

      I just read an article that said he may have some problems with the farmers in Iowa because of his contacts and his view in the oil fields. They grow the corn that provides Ethanol, and he’s been pushing oil in lieu of ethanol. This does not sit well with them, and they are a very large part of Iowa. So, let’s hope that he might not win this election…..we can always hope that things will go right in this world at least ONCE!!!

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  3. Dr. Samuel Taddesse March 15, 2017

    Steven King a sick person. A while back when he was inspecting one of his construction sites, a brick fail from four stories high and hit him on the head. Since then he does not know if he is white or black. A genetic test of his blood indicates he is 23% black and 33% middle eastern. He does not have any Persian gene at all.

    1. dpaano March 16, 2017

      As I’ve said before…..people don’t seem to realize that we ALL have African DNA in our mitochondrial strands. The first person was a mother from Africa, and we have her DNA in each and every one of us! This makes all of us a little African no matter what these people think! Personally, I’m just a little proud of that tiny bit of mitochondrial DNA deep in my genes!!

  4. Thoughtopsy March 15, 2017

    Don’t worry… the KKK are in charge of American foreign policy now!

    I’m sure everything is going to be fine…

    Can someone put some sort of sound muffler over Lincoln’s grave?
    The spinning sound is getting deafening.

  5. Aaron_of_Portsmouth March 15, 2017

    As the day draws to a close, and considering the turmoil enveloping the GOP with spillage onto the entire country, I began to ponder various statements by this benighted Congressman representing an equally benighted electorate in Iowa who felt obliged to send him back to DC in order to foam at the mouth.

    Once more, we feel the tightening grip of the likes of Steve King and the GOP. Steve expresses a sentiment many Americans harbor to this very day—a constant referral to a primitive desire to awaken primeval attitudes which were common for early humans. But in today’s world, with so much interconnectedness, intermarriages between different members of the human family throughout humankind’s evolution since the arrival of Modern Humans in Africa, such talk as Steve’s is nothing short of sheer ignorance, and a conscious effort to direct an anti-Christ posture towards God, Jesus, and towards his fellow human beings. The GOP has a lot of soul-searching to do to determine what is it about their ideology that makes them a magnet for racialists and racists across America, such as Rep. King, Steve Bannon, Trump, and David Duke.
    Such an attraction isn’t coincidental.

    Perhaps the clergy in Iowa, and in so many cities and towns, over the centuries taught a message from a corrupted rewrite of the Bible to their congregations, or were so inebriated with literalist interpretations and a purposeful intent on misapplication of spiritual principles, that so many Iowans today no longer can recognize the Shepherd. Even if He were to appear before them, speaking in the same manner, and uttering the same Words, they just might rise up and rebel against Him, as those during His time did in the past.

    1. dpaano March 16, 2017

      I agree, Aaron, this country is now being overrun with racists, alt right politicians, and white supremacists and it’s scary because the majority of people in the U.S. don’t think that way…..at least not TRUE Christians! I find it very difficult to believe that clergy buy into this man’s BS….apparently, they need to re-read the bible and the Last Testament because they are definitely lost!

  6. dpaano March 16, 2017

    Steve King is just another alt right politician! Unfortunately, he has charisma and uses scare tactics to motivate his base into continuing to vote for him! He may have problems this trip because of his oil contacts…..it has caused farmers who grow corn for ethanol to become disillusioned with him somewhat. We’ll see what happens in 2018, but it would be nice if Iowa could get rid of him! We have enough idiots running our government as it is and things are NOT looking pretty for this nation!


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