Steve King Retweets Open White Nationalist, Just Months After Retweeting Neo-Nazi

UNITED STATES - SEPTEMBER 07: Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, attends a rally with Angel Families on the East Front of the Capitol, to highlight crimes committed by illegal immigrants in the U.S., on September 7, 2018. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)
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It’s happened again: Rep. Steve King (R-IA) retweeted a well-known white nationalist, YouTuber Lana Lokteff, on Wednesday, adding his own comment about how terms like “Nazi” and “racist” are overused.

King notably retweeted a neo-Nazi in June and refused to apologize afterward — the tweet still stands today.

Lokteff, as the extremism watchdog site Right Wing Watch details, isn’t shy about her allegiance to the white race, and has called for America to become a white enthostate.

In 2016, responding to a interviewee who said “for me, that’s the ultimate goal of being a white nationalist, is a white ethnostate,” Lokteff responded: “Definitely, I agree, for America, that’s the best. And for Europe, they’re just going to have to deport all those people, because that’s our continent and we need it. It’s getting crowded there.”

In one video from Red Ice, the website and YouTube channel Lokteff runs with her husband, Lokteff argued it isn’t white supremacist to “want white people to be a majority in the countries they created,” to “think white people should make white babies as a response to low birth rates” or to “want Europe to remain a continent for Europeans, AKA white people.”

Elsewhere, as flagged by RWW, she called “the promotion of interracial relationships, mixed-race babies and open borders” part of a “sinister agenda,” and “more devious than blatant in-your-face mass murdering.”

In response to TPM’s reporting on Wednesday, Lokteff tweeted that she wants white people “to remain a majority in their countries.”

Republican leadership in Congress and in the national Republican Party refused to comment or condemn King for retweeting a neo-Nazi in June. Two weeks after the fact, a spokesperson for House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) finally said in a statement: “The speaker has said many times that Nazis have no place in our politics, and clearly members should not engage with anyone promoting hate.” 

There was no action taken by Republican leadership or the Republican Party to discipline King, either. He’s still chairman of the House Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on the Constitution and Civil Justice, for example. 

Spokespeople for King, Ryan and the GOP did not immediately respond to TPM’s request for comment.

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