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Steve King defends anti-immigration tweet: 'I meant exactly what I said'

March 13,2017 18:07

Rep. Steve King on Monday doubled down on his controversial anti-immigrant tweet, saying, "I meant exactly what I said." King, a Republican from Iowa, tweeted in favor of the Dutch far-right politician Geert Wilders on Sunday afternoon, linking to a ...and more »



Iowa Republican Rep. Steve
King.
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Rep. Steve King on Monday doubled down on his controversial
anti-immigrant tweet, saying, "I meant exactly what I said."

King, a Republican from Iowa,
tweeted in favor of the Dutch far-right politician Geert
Wilders on Sunday afternoon, linking to a cartoon of Wilders
plugging a cracked wall with "Western civilization" written on
it.

"Wilders understands that culture and demographics are our
destiny," King wrote. "We can't restore our civilization with
somebody else's babies."

The tweet prompted
backlash from both sides of the aisle, but King stood firm.

"Well, of course, I meant exactly what I said, as always is the
case," he told CNN's "New Day" on Monday.

"To expand on that a little further: I've been to Europe, and
I've spoken on this issue, and I've said the same things as far
as 10 years ago to the German people and to any population of
people that is a declining population that isn't willing to have
enough babies to reproduce themselves, and I've said to them,
'You cannot rebuild your civilization with someone else's babies,
you've got to keep your birthrate up, and that you need to teach
your children your values.'"

King said that this means of preserving culture was "not
happening in any of the western European countries."

"We need to get our birthrates up, or Europe will be entirely
transformed within a half a century or a little more, and Geert
Wilders knows that," King said.

CNN's Chris Cuomo said King's thinking seemed like "a complete
contradiction of what we're all about," saying America is known
as a "melting pot" of diversity.

"You're kind of trying to white-cleanse our population," Cuomo
said.

King said the US was proud of "different-looking Americans that
are still Americans," then pivoted to talk about abortion.

"There's an American culture, an American civilization — it's
raised within these children in these American homes, and that's
one of the reasons why we require that the president of the
United States be raised with an American experience," King said.
"But we've also aborted nearly 60 million babies in this country
since 1973."

King said there has been an effort to fill the void left by
abortions with "somebody else's babies."

"That's that push to bring in much illegal immigration into
America, living in enclaves, refusing to assimilate into the
American culture and civilization," King said. "Some embrace it,
yes. But many are two and three generations living in enclaves
that are pushing back now and resisting against the
assimilation."

Watch the clip, via CNN:

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