On Monday, after receiving criticism for a controversial tweet, Rep. Steve King doubled down on his claims, rather than working to clear up the mess he’d made.
On Sunday, the Iowa Republican tweeted,”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
King’s tweet garnered outrage from many users on Twitter, as well as many prominent public figures.
2 questions for Congressman @SteveKingIA:
1) Whose civilization are you trying to “restore?”
2) Whose babies are getting in the way? https://t.co/sTwDk3faT1
— Mo Elleithee (@MoElleithee) March 12, 2017
In an appearance on CNN’s “New Day,” an opportunity for King to clarify his comments, he said that he “meant exactly what I said” to host Chris 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.”
Rather than attempt to clear up the situation, King effectively made it worse. He also claimed that he’d like to see less of an emphasis placed on race in the future.
“If you go down the road a few generations, or maybe centuries, with the inter-marriage, I’d like to see an America that is just so homogenous that we look a lot the same.”
When pressed to answer about whether or not he saw all Americans as being equal to one another, King asserted that their backgrounds are important.
King stated, “I’m a champion for Western civilization,” and added that he doesn’t believe that all people contribute to American society equally. “They contribute differently to our culture and civilization,” he asserted.
The Iowa Republican continued to dig himself into a hole, saying,
“It’s the culture, not the blood. If you could go anywhere in the world and adopt these little babies and put them into households that were already assimilated into America, those babies will grow up as American as any other baby.”
Both liberals and conservatives have voiced their outrage at King’s comments.
Democratic Rep. Ted Lieu, who is Asian-American, took to Twitter, addressing King in a tweet which included a photo of his two children.
“Dear Representative Steve King: These are my two babies. –Representative Ted Lieu.”
Dear Representative Steve King: These are my two babies. –Representative Ted Lieu pic.twitter.com/MHU21jJUrY
— Ted Lieu (@tedlieu) March 12, 2017
In a similar vain, 2016 presidential candidate Jeb Bush tweeted: “America is a nation of immigrants. The sentiment expressed by Steve King doesn’t reflect our shared history or values.”
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
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