On Sunday, Representative Steve King (R-Iowa) blew his pent up nationalism all over twitter, with varying reaction. The Republican shared this tweet:
— Voice of Europe (@V_of_Europe) March 12, 2017
With this caption:
Wilders understands that culture and demographics are our destiny. We can’t restore our civilization with somebody else’s babies. https://t.co/4nxLipafWO
— Steve King (@SteveKingIA) March 12, 2017
Of course it looks bad. The initial reactions were strong.
John Lewis on Steve King: “Rep. King’s statement is bigoted and racist … must be condemned.” pic.twitter.com/MDXp1BhKbY
— Bradd Jaffy (@BraddJaffy) March 13, 2017
Some recanted fond memories of past racism.
@LibyaLiberty Steve King said this on camera on July 18th, 2016.
He was reelected with 61.2% of the vote 4 months later. pic.twitter.com/XTR4xZgrUZ
— Matt Hopkins (@Mopkins15) March 13, 2017
Will King’s “15 Words” become a rallying cry from white nationalism?
Nazi adapts Rep. Steve King’s words as new rallying cry. “15 words” references “the 14 words,” slogan via Mein Kampf. pic.twitter.com/r23IB6namS
— Jeff Sharlet (@JeffSharlet) March 13, 2017
Some were quick to defend the congressman.
— Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) March 13, 2017
But King quickly cut the legs out from under of his apologists, saying, “I meant exactly what I said.”
— New Day (@NewDay) March 13, 2017
Steve King apologists: Come on, don’t blow things out of proportion. He didn’t mean it like that.
Steve King: I meant it like that.
— Elizabeth Picciuto (@epicciuto) March 13, 2017
At least one follower enjoyed King’s words
— David Duke (@DrDavidDuke) March 12, 2017
King-A 90% White Nation when I was in college, USA now has over 50% non-white births. Would white births becoming majority in Kenya be okay?
— David Duke (@DrDavidDuke) March 13, 2017
David Duke simply cannot stifle his excitement!
Get em, Jeb!
— The Hill (@thehill) March 13, 2017