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Lawmaker Warns Americans: ‘We Can’t Restore Our Civilization with Somebody Else’s Babies’

Rep. Steve King’s latest comments follow his statement last summer that white people contributed more to civilization than any other “sub-group of people.”

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U.S. Congressman Steve King of Iowa, who doesn’t shy away from openly sharing his racist views, on Sunday took to Twitter to promote the white nationalist position on immigrants, saying, “We can’t restore our civilization with somebody else’s babies.”

The comment, which many have condemned and the Washington Post characterized as “appear[ing] to have crossed the line,” was part of a tweet praising anti-immigrant and anti-Muslim far-right Dutch politician Geert Wilders. It included a political cartoon depicting Wilders with his finger in a dam labeled “Western Civilization” attempting to hold back a green tide of Islam’s crescent moons and stars while bearded men with sabres and suicide vests protest nearby.

“Wilders understands that culture and demographics are our destiny,” King wrote. “We can’t restore our civilization with somebody else’s babies.”

King’s tweet quickly resonated with white supremacists such as former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke, who responded: “GOD BLESS STEVE KING!!! #TruthRISING.”

In another tweet Duke adds, “Just in case you were thinking about moving -> sanity reigns supreme in Iowa’s 4th congressional district. #MakeAmericaGreatAgain”

Last September, King tweeted a photo of him and Wilders, along with far-right politician Frauke Petry (who has campaigned against the “Islamization” of Germany), writing the caption: “Cultural suicide by demographic transformation must end.”

The header on Wilders’ Twitter profile has an image of his face with the words “STOP ISLAM” written in large, bold font and all caps. Wilders’ views on race and culture are deeply controversial in Europe, and he’s run on a platform pledging to “make the Netherlands ours again.”

In an interview Monday morning with CNN’s Chris Cuomo, King doubled down on his statement. “Of course I meant exactly what I said,” he told Cuomo. “You cannot rebuild your civilization with somebody else’s babies. You’ve got to keep your birth rate up, and that you need to teach your children your values. In doing so, you can grow your population, you can strengthen your culture, and you can strengthen your way of life.”

King, who said, “I’m a champion for Western civilization,” could not answer directly whether he believed all American immigrants should be viewed equally.

Cuomo asked King, “A Muslim American, an Italian American, a Christian American, a Jewish American, you do realize they are all equal, they are all the same thing? We don’t need babies from one of those groups more than we need them from other groups, do you agree with that?”

King, after being asked the same question again, hesitated, responding that “it depends … they contribute differently to our culture and civilization.”

King’s most recent comments echo statements he made last summer saying white people contributed more to civilization than any other category or “sub-group of people.”

During a live broadcast from the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, panelists led by MSNBC moderator Chris Hayes were discussing the racial makeup of the Republican Party and its convention attendees.

Charles Pierce of Esquire magazine noted the party’s lack of diversity, saying those in attendance consisted of “loud, unhappy, dissatisfied white people.”

“If you’re really optimistic, you can say that this is the last time that old white people will command the Republican Party’s attention, its platform, and its public face,” Pierce said, followed by King’s racist tirade.

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“This whole ‘white people’ business does get a little tired, Charlie,” King said. “I’d ask you to go back through history and figure out, where have these contributions been made by these other categories of people that you’re talking about. Where did any other sub-group of people contribute more to civilization?”

“Than white people?” asked Hayes.

“Than — than Western civilization itself, that’s rooted in Western Europe, Eastern Europe, and the United States of America, and every place where the footprint of Christianity settled the world,” King continued. “That’s all of Western civilization.”

King’s latest comments drew backlash from Democratic and Republican lawmakers.

Congressman Ted Lieu (D-Calif.) tweeted a picture of his two Asian sons, saying, “Dear Representative Steve King: These are my two babies. –Representative Ted Lieu.”

Sharing a tweet quoting King from his interview with Cuomo, in which he said, “I’d like to see an America that’s so homogenous that we look a lot the same,” Republican Florida Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen tweeted, “Get a clue, @SteveKingIA. Diversity is our strength. All looking alike is such a waste. A travesty. I wanna be me. All others are taken.”

Another Republican congressman from Florida, Carlos Curbelo, who was born to Cuban immigrants, tweeted, “.@SteveKingIA What exactly do you mean? Do I qualify as ‘somebody else’s baby?’ #concernedGOPcolleague.”

The chairman of Iowa’s Republican Party also condemned King, as well as Duke.

“First of all, 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,” said Jeff Kaufmann in a statement Monday. “Regarding David Duke, his words and sentiments are absolute garbage. He is not welcome in our wonderful state.”

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    • ALL BABIES born in the United States of America ARE AMERICANS by birth.
      Babies born in the United States of America are AMERICAN BABIES.

      1. EVERY BABY is an “anchor baby”, anchored by birth to the land of their nativity.

      2. Babies born in Canada and Mexico–like their United States counterparts, are NORTH AMERICANS.

      3. Babies born in Honduras, Belize, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, El Salvador and Panamá are
      CENTRAL AMERICANS.

      4. Babies born in the 12 countries (and one dependent territory–French Guiana) of South America are SOUTH AMERICANS.

      CONCLUSION– NATIVE AMERICANS AND AMERICANS NOT OF INDIGENOUS ORIGIN ARE AMERICANS,
      INCLUDING THEIR BABIES. ANY BABY BORN HERE IS OUR BABY.

      Our civilization in the United States is composed of multiple American babies of multiple ethnic origins.
      THIS IS AMERICA.

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      • Thank you, Charity, for making me laugh. Smoke was coming out of my ears with this article, and it was reduced to steam with that chuckle. How dare he talk about all of our babies.

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  • Charity Dell

    THE IDOLATRY OF WORSHIPING WHITENESS, GOP STYLE.

    1. Perhaps Steve King needs be informed that MILLIONS of Americans of color ALSO have
    those Precious White Genes, including African-Americans, Native Americans, Asian-Americans
    and Latino-Americans. Most of us who do not possess WHITE CARDS have SUBSTANTIAL
    amounts of European DNA. That includes European DNA from the last 700 years–let’s not
    forget the European Colonial Expansion into the New World from the Portuguese, Spanish,
    English, French and Dutch folks–AND the MILLIONS of Americans who possess European
    DNA due to rising rate of inter-ethnic marriages in the United States since the late 1960’s.

    2. Therefore, there is NO lack of European genetic material in the United States, even
    among folks who do not “look white.” GENES AND CHROMOSOMES TELL THE STORY,
    AND THEY NEVER LIE. So Rep. King need not worry about achieving a “homogeneous
    population.” We already have it, because every person living in the United States of
    America is a HOMO SAPIENS–and that’s as homogeneous as it gets! :-) There are
    no other species of Human on the planet.

    3. If Rep. King wants to help keep White People around–and particularly those Precious White Babies–he can start
    by preserving and expanding health care for the millions of poor white people who voted for The Great White
    Male Savior. White males in Rust Belt States and Appalachia have rising suicide rates. Maybe if Rep. King worked
    on providing the Poor White People:

    A. UNVERSAL ACCESS TO FREE QUALITY HEALTH CARE;
    B. UNIVERSAL ACCESS TO FREE QUALITY PUBLIC EDUCATION, Pre-K–DOCTORAL LEVEL;
    C. UNIVERSAL ACCESS TO QUALITY HOUSING;
    D. UNIVERSAL ACCESS TO QUALITY EMPLOYMENT–starting with RESTORING THE MANUFACTURING
    SECTOR TO THE AMERICAN ECONOMY;
    E. ENVIRONMENTAL CARE, so that POOR WHITE FOLKS do not have to DIE in HELLISH COAL MINES
    or any other INFERNAL JOB ARRANGEMENT;

    then maybe White People could live long enough to produce those Super-White Babies Rep. King longs to see.

    4. Somebody needs to send Rep. King BACK TO A REAL SCHOOL, so that he can take some HISTORY
    OF WORLD CIVILIZATIONS courses. He obviously slept through those lectures; perhaps he didn’t hear
    that part about how the history of ALL the Americas–and ALL its peoples, cultures and civilizations–is ALSO part of “Western Civilization.”

    5. Rep. King needs to stop worshiping Frosty the Snowman and The Billionaire Icicle Group
    and start saving America from Frosty’s Icy Grip on all those White People who are dying
    by neglect.

    6. God ain’t playing with Washington, DC; It’s about to get REALLY WHITE up in there.
    By the time the Angelic Hosts throw down the MEGA NOR’EASTER SNOWPOCALYPSE,
    Rep. King may need to get Frosty the Snowman to help him shovel out from under it! :-)

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    • I’m not sure Rep. King could handle going back to school, Charity Dell. If he learned the truth — that all of humankind originated in Africa — it would be too much for his White Supremacist soul to bear! :-)

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      • Charity Dell

        GRANNYBUNNY–You are right, of course….Rep. King did not get the memo that
        ALL humans are Africans. But then again, do these Make-America-Brighter-White folks
        really have a CLUE about America? :-) Do they know that “whiteness” will not save
        America?

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  • King makes me feel like it may have been easier if I was ignorant and hateful; he is both and has gone quite far in life. Certainly further than I.

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  • Rev. Chico Daniels

    The Congressman is obviously biased towards his own race by citing the advances of western society. However, from the dawn of human history great nations have always existed and considered themselves to be superior. From God’s vantage point, individuals from every nation or ethnic group will stand before His omnipotent throne and give an account of their stewardship the earth’s resources and it’s people. And in the final analysis no nation will be able to vindicate themselves from God’s judgement if their names are not written in the Lamb’s Book of Life Matthew 25:31-46.

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        • Sure it does. It shades his comments to a western perspective, as if it (and the billions slaughtered by western leaders who felt empowered by their interpretation of their version of the Christian bible) are the only relevant word of the creator. The world is larger than that. People have other religious books, just as fervently believed. The Constitution specifically forbids a state-run religion and protects religion from the state. Which includes Islam.

          Representative King is a small-minded, ignorant, racist bigot. A reprehensible anti-American hater.

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  • Speaking as a white person, if we make them part of our country, then they aren’t someone else’s babies, are they? At that point, they become ours. That’s one reason I hate to see the people they are deporting now. Many of them have been productive citizens in everything but the paperwork. Good family people that work steadily and feed their family and we bust the family up and deport one of the parents to accomplish what? We need more of that demographic, not less. Does it really matter if they’re brown, not white?

    Obviously King suffers from limited vision.

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    • Charity Dell

      KAREN–You are suffering a major LOGIC LAPSE (LL)! LOL :-) Of course you are making perfectly good sense, which
      is why you are not worried about the ethnicity of these people being deported…I wish all Americans thought that way.

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