Steve King embraced white nationalist views in interview with Austrian site


U.S. Representative Steve King (R-IA) speaks to guests at the Iowa Freedom Summit on January 24, 2015 in Des Moines, Iowa. The summit is hosting a group of potential 2016 Republican presidential candidates to discuss core conservative principles ahead of the January 2016 Iowa Caucuses. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Rep. Steve King isn’t letting anything like re-election campaign stop him from his apparent white nationalist mentality.

The Republican Iowa congressman apparently shared his beliefs that European culture is superior to others, falling fertility rates in the West and that America and Europe are threatened by Latino and Muslim immigration to an Austrian far-right propaganda site, according to the Huffington Post.

“If we don’t defend Western Civilization, then we will become subjugated by the people who are the enemies of faith, the enemies of justice,” King said.

The congressman, who is favored to win his race next month, gave his comments during an interview with Unzensurient (which means “uncensored” in English) that ran last month and was uncovered by the Huffington Post. It also comes as King tweeted earlier this week he’s endorsing Canadian white nationalist Faith Goldy for mayor of Toronto.

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During his extensive interview with the Austrian site, HuffPost said King told host Caroline Sommerfeld about the notion of the “Great Replacement,” a belief that mass migration, mostly from Muslim-majority countries, poses a threat to white European culture and identity. Or King’s words, a “slow-motion cultural suicide.”

“The U.S. subtracts from its population a million of our babies in the form of abortion,” King said. “We add to our population approximately 1.8 million of ‘somebody else’s babies’ who are raised in another country before they get to us.”

Sommerfeld said, “That’s what we call the Great Replacement.”

King and Unzensurient did not respond to HuffPost’s request for comment. Meanwhile, Roger Griffin, an expert on fascism and modern history at Oxford Brookes University told HuffPost that the interview “reveals a whole new level of reality” about King’s politics.

And King’s Democratic foe in his Iowa race, J.D. Scholten told HuffPost that when King was doing his Austrian interview, he skipped an editorial board meeting with the Des Moines Register, the state’s largest newspaper. Scholten called it “disrespectful.”

But King is well ahead and poised for a ninth term as congressman.

 





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