Claim: It is claimed that a tweet made by Representative Steve King represents a white nationalist talking point.
Steve King, a representative in the House from Iowa, tweeted support of Geert Wilders, a right wing Dutch politician. In the tweet, King said that Wilders understands the keys to our destiny and that we cannot rebuild civilization using other people’s babies. In later interviews, King confirmed that he meant what he tweeted. He added that he would “like to see an America that’s just so homogeneous that we look a lot the same.”
The reaction to the tweet was that it was racist and represented the views of white nationalism. This reaction was shared by both Democrats and Republicans. This is not the first time that King has caused controversy. In July 2016, he questioned the contribution of minorities on our civilization.
One of the views held by white nationalists is that immigration is an assault on the white race and even the mixing of races constitutes white genocide. The idea that “we can’t restore our civilization with somebody else’s babies” is consistent with that point of view hence the claim is true.
References and Further Reading
- White nationalism
- State of domestic white nationalist extremist movement in the United States. (PDF)
- Is Rep. Steve King’s tweet ‘the most racist statement’ ever?
- Steve King creates uproar questioning contributions of non-white people
- GOP Congressman’s White Supremacist Tweet: “We Can’t Restore Our Civilization With Somebody Else’s Babies”