Steve King: Muslim Immigrants ‘Bring With Them Sharia Law’ (VIDEO)

Start your day with TPM.
Sign up for the Morning Memo newsletter

MSNBC host Chris Hayes on Tuesday night quizzed Rep. Steve King (R-IA) about the conservative congressman’s belief that Muslim immigrants from the Middle East are largely unwilling to assimilate into American culture.

Hayes played a clip of King saying earlier on Tuesday that he has not seen an example of Muslim immigrants having “assimilated” into the U.S. The MSNBC host asked King if he could back up his statement.

“Well, Chris that’s a reference to groups of people, not individuals. Of course individuals have assimilated into the broader American society. But yeah, no one has shown me an example of large groups of people that have settled into America from that part of the world that have assimilated into the broader American society,” King responded.

He listed places like Dearborn, Michigan, and Little Mogadishu in Minneapolis and said that those communities appear to be similar to Middle Eastern cities.

Hayes asked if King felt that those communities with concentrated populations of immigrants were different from Chinatown in New York City.

“Of course I do,” King responded. “They bring with them Sharia law, which is completely contradictory to the Constitution itself. It’s incompatible with the Americanism.”

Hayes then asked, “Do you think fundamentally Muslims from the Middle East are incompatible with American democracy?”

“I believe that Sharia law is incompatible with American democracy,” King responded.

When pressed by Hayes about whether he thinks all Muslims are incompatible with American democracy, King then said, “I think that if they are willing to reject Sharia law, then we can talk. But until they do that, their view of Sharia law trumping constitutional law is incompatible with Americanism and eventually will break down the rule of law in our country.”

Watch the interview via MSNBC. Hayes asks about Muslim immigrants at the 3:20 mark.

H/t Mediaite

Latest Livewire

Notable Replies

  1. And Catholics bring Papal law, and Jews bring Jewish law. And, like the Muslims, this religious law only applies to the people who are members of the faith, so why care?

  2. Steve King is going to have a lot to answer for.

  3. It’s legal to maintain whatever cultural practices you choose to, individually and as a group. If 100 people want to erect a village in Montana that looks exactly like a Mongolian village, and live as best they can imitate 14th century Mongolians, that’s their business. That’s what makes this nation what it is.

    **We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.**
    There's not a goddamned thing said in the Constitution about having to live like everyone else lives. Fuck off, Steve King.
  4. It’s a good thing we have The Constitution which will protect “The Americanism” from whatever traditions other people have.

    He’s dumber than dirt.

Continue the discussion at

47 more replies


Avatar for system1 Avatar for doremus_jessup Avatar for alliebean Avatar for dr_coyote Avatar for kendyzdad Avatar for mcgloinm Avatar for avattoir Avatar for fargo116 Avatar for easydm Avatar for dswx Avatar for rudesan Avatar for steviedee111 Avatar for teenlaqueefa Avatar for boscobrown Avatar for gtomkins Avatar for kirkbross Avatar for sniffit Avatar for tomanjeri Avatar for suicide_arsonist Avatar for dickweed Avatar for jcblues Avatar for fiftygigs Avatar for darrtown Avatar for lynnthedem

Continue Discussion
Masthead Masthead
Founder & Editor-in-Chief:
Executive Editor:
Managing Editor:
Associate Editor:
Editor at Large:
General Counsel:
Head of Product:
Director of Technology:
Associate Publisher:
Front End Developer:
Senior Designer: