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Steve King Lost His Congressional Seat And Still Can’t Stop Defending White Nationalism

Steve King served as U.S. Representative from Iowa for nearly two decades. Then he defended white nationalism in an interview. Now he’s doing it on Twitter instead.

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The Week reported on the interview in 2019. King is quoted as saying, “White nationalist, white supremacist, Western civilization — how did that language become offensive?”

He went on to defend this by pointing out that he “sat in classes teaching..about the merits of our history and our civilization,” without, apparently, recognizing that the reinforcement of these values (white and western superiority) in the education system is one of the very things that progressives are fighting to improve.

(Note: he still claims he was misquoted, despite continuing to defend white supremacy and nationalism openly.)

From there, he went on to be stripped of his committee assignments, rendering him, as NPR notes, a fairly ineffective representative, and lost in the GOP primary for re-election in 2020.

He hasn’t stopped, though, and was on Twitter Monday again trying to stir up support for the same ideals, couched under the term “western civilization,” and posed as ‘just asking questions’ rather than a declarative statement. Still, here he is again, two years later, and a year out of office, seeking support for the notion that western civilization is inherently superior to other cultures and civilizations.

It’s not just this Monday morning tweet, either — King is persistently campaigning with similar questions, seeking support and validation for the idea that his particular culture is better than the rest of the world.

Many of the questions could seem innocent enough without context.

So, here’s some more context. In between ‘just asking questions’ King is also tweeting Great Replacement conspiracy theories — the notion that there aren’t enough white babies being born and that other cultures keep existing, and that this means that white people are being ‘replaced.’ It’s a white supremacist conspiracy theory propagated by neoNazis to justify racism ranging from discrimination to genocidal ideologies.

In short, it’s dangerous rhetoric.

Next to that tweet, the darkness of casual questions about immigration and diversity becomes much more stark and severe.

He also likes to tweet historical distortions — like giving “white men” the credit for ending slavery without addressing who, in the United States, was carrying out the slavery to begin with.

King hasn’t made any official declarations regarding any intention to run for office again, but on social media, he’s working to stir up supporters who agree with him on matters of white supremacy, nationalism, and other neo-nazi ideologies, and if we didn’t already have evidence that stirred-up extremists can be dangerous, January 6th cemented it.



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