King Asked If White Society Superior To Nonwhite: ‘I Don’t Have An Answer For That’

U.S. Rep. Steve King (R-IA) speaks during a House Judiciary Committee hearing. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
March 20, 2019 8:07 a.m.

Rep. Steve King (R-IA) does not seem to be straining particularly hard to shake accusations that he has white supremacist sympathies.

According to the New York Times, a constituent lobbed him a softball question Tuesday: “Do you think a white society is superior to a nonwhite society?”

King flubbed it. “I don’t have an answer for that. That’s so hypothetical,” he said. “I’ll say this, America is not a white society — it has never been a completely white society. We came here and joined the Native Americans.”

“I’ve long said that a baby can be lifted out of a cradle anywhere in the world and brought into any home in America, whatever the color of the folks in that household, and they can be raised to be American as any other,” he continued. “And I believe that every one of us, every one of us, is created in God’s image.”

The exchange will likely do little to soften King’s image after his comments on white supremacy lost him his committee seats and earned him rebukes from his own party in January.

Just this week, he stirred up more outcry with a post of a graphic on a hypothetical second Civil War on his Facebook page reading: “Folks keep talking about another civil war; one side has about 8 trillion bullets while the other side doesn’t know which bathroom to use.” Per the Times, King said he doesn’t personally manage the page and did not know the image had been posted.

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