Steve King Calls George Soros “Most Effective Anti-Semitic Jew”

Steve King, who once complained in an interview about not being able to use the label “white nationalist” anymore, is lashing out at George Soros, calling the investor and philanthropist “the most effective anti-semitic Jew.”

Steve King says George Soros is the anti-Semitic one
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Steve King, who is finishing his term as U.S. Representative for Iowa after losing his primary earlier this year, quote-tweeted Mark Levin, who in turn called Soros “hideous” while sharing an article from the far-right Front Page Magazine. (Quick backgrounder: the Southern Poverty Law Center describes FrontPage founder David Horowitz’s projects as attempts “to further vilify Muslims and downplay the far-right as the main purveyors of antisemitism in the U.S.”)

King has frequently attacked George Soros, sharing extremist right-wing propaganda portraying Soros as a shadowy behind-the-scenes puppetmaster driving social progress, paying protestors, and attempting to “destabilize America.”

As for the Iowa congressman, the Guardian reported in 2018 that the Anti-Defamation League had requested King be removed from committees and face formal censure for a list of offenses including links to neo-Nazis in Austria, endorsement of foreign politicians connected to neo-Nazi groups and antisemitism, and a previous smear against George Soros.

The New York Times, chronicling King’s history of racist remarks, mentions, among other items, a reference to the “Great Replacement” conspiracy theory during an interview — this is the anti-Semitic white supremacist notion that Jewish people are plotting to make white Christians a minority in Europe and North America. The timeline also notes endorsement of a candidate who had recited the Nazi party’s “14 words,” and of course King’s complaint that the term “white nationalist” is now derogatory.

“White nationalist, white supremacist, Western civilization — how did that language become offensive? Why did I sit in classes teaching me about the merits of our history and our civilization?”

Steve King’s tweet calls George Soros anti-semitic. However, King is the one who has been condemned for anti-Semitism throughout his congressional career, has specifically lashed out at Soros with anti-semitic conspiracy theories, and has publicly complained about not being able to promote white supremacy for the United States.

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