Steve King Won’t Back Down From His Tweet About ‘Somebody Else’s Babies’

Rep. Steve King (R-IA) on Monday morning doubled down on his Sunday tweet saying that “civilization” will not be restored with “somebody else’s babies.”

During an interview with CNN’s Chris Cuomo, King said that he “meant exactly what I said” in the tweet.

“I’ve been to Europe and I’ve spoken on this issue and I’ve said the same thing as far as ten years ago to the German people and to any population of people that is a declining population that isn’t willing to have enough babies to reproduce themselves. And I’ve said to them, you can’t rebuild your civilization with somebody else’s babies,” King said on CNN. “You’ve got to keep your birth rate up and that you need to teach your children your values.”

King then lamented that the U.S. has “aborted nearly 60 million babies” since 1973 and claimed that there is an effort to “replace that void with somebody else’s babies.”

“That’s the push to bring in much illegal immigration into America, living in enclaves, refusing to assimilate into the American culture and civilization,” he said. “Some embrace it, yes. But many are two and three generations living in enclaves that are pushing back now in resistance against the assimilation. It’s far worse in Europe than it is today here in the United States, but I want us to be looking at that, promoting the birth rate in America, restoring the rule of law, putting an end to illegal immigration and recognizing that we need to be a country that’s pulled together on similar values.”

Cuomo then argued that America is not about “white or you’re not right,” at which point King said, “Well, actually, if you go down the road a few generations or maybe centuries with the inter-marriage, I’d like to see an America that’s so homogenous that we look a lot the same from that perspective. I think there’s far too much focus on race, especially in the last eight years. I want to see that put behind us.”

The CNN host told King that the congressman has appeared to push for white people to raise their birth rate, prompting the congressman to argue that he has talked about “culture,” not race.

“I did defend western civilization,” King said. “If we have an element of Americans here — and that’s a big element — that reject western civilization, then what have we? This is an effort on the left I think to break down the American civilization and the American culture and turn it into something entirely different.”

“This western civilization is a superior civilization and we want to share it with everybody,” he added.

At the end of the interview, King once more said it was about “culture,” not race.

“It’s the culture, not the blood. And if you could go anywhere in the world and adopt these babies and put them into households that were already assimilated into America, those babies will grow up as American as any other baby, with as much patriotism and as much love of country as any other baby,” he said. “It’s a clash of culture, not the race.”

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