GOP Rep.: Civilization Can’t Be Restored With ‘Somebody Else’s Babies’

March 13, 2017 7:06 a.m.

Rep. Steve King (R-IA) came under fire on Sunday after he tweeted praise for an anti-Muslim politician and said that “civilization” cannot be restored “with somebody else’s babies.”

King was referring to Geert Wilders, an anti-Muslim Dutch politician. The Iowa Republican has associated himself with Wilders before. In September, he tweeted a photo of himself with Wilders and lamented “cultural suicide by demographic transformation.”

The Republican congressman’s tweet was praised by David Duke, a former leader of the Ku Klux Klan:

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The Iowa congressman quickly came under fire for the tweet:

Rep. Carlos Curbelo (R-FL) asked King to explain his tweet:

The Iowa chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations called on Republicans to condemn King’s tweet.

“This racist tweet crosses the line from dog-whistle politics to straight-up White supremacist advocacy, which must be repudiated by state and national GOP leaders,” Miriam Amer, the executive director of CAIR’s Iowa chapter, said in a statement. “King seems to believe that only babies of a particular demographic should be valued as part of America’s culture and destiny.”

The Iowa GOP denounced both King’s tweet and Duke:

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