The Iowa Republican's refusal to deny that a white society is 'superior' comes days after he fantasized about killing liberals in a civil war.
There he goes again.
During a town hall in his district Tuesday night, Rep. Steve King (R-IA) refused to answer yes or no when a constituent asked him if he thinks "a white society is superior to a nonwhite society."
"I don’t have an answer for that. That’s so hypothetical," King replied.
"I’ll say this, America is not a white society — it has never been a completely white society," King continued. "We came here and joined the Native Americans.”
He added that he's "long said that a baby can be lifted out of a cradle anywhere in the world and brought into any home in America, whatever the color of the folks in that household, and they can be raised to be American as any other."
It should have been an easy "no" answer when King was asked whether he believes a white society is superior to a nonwhite society. Instead, his answer sounded a lot like a "maybe."
This is just the latest racist blunder from King — who has long openly sympathized with neo-Nazis and white nationalists.
Over the weekend, King posted a meme to his Facebook page in which he seemed to call for a civil war between "red states" and "blue states."
The meme featured red states and blue states in the shape of humans fighting each other. A caption over the image read: "Folks keep talking about another civil war. One side has about 8 trillion bullets, while the other side doesn't know which bathroom to use."
King added his own commentary to the post, writing, "Wonder which side would win...." with a winking emoji.
King has made virulently racist comments for years.
He smeared DREAM Act recipients — undocumented immigrants who were brought to the U.S. as minors through no fault of their own — as being drug mules who had "calves the size of cantaloupes."
And in 2017, he tweeted: "We can't restore our civilization with somebody else's babies." That's an eerily similar sentiment to one espoused in the manifesto of the white supremacist terrorist who murdered 50 people in a pair of mosques in New Zealand.
It wasn't until earlier this year, however, that Republicans abandoned King after he said he didn't understand how white supremacist language is "offensive."
“White nationalist, white supremacist, Western civilization — how did that language become offensive?” King said in an interview with the New York Times. “Why did I sit in classes teaching me about the merits of our history and our civilization?”
King also derided the newly elected Democratic House majority, which is filled with diverse elected officials.
"You could look over there and think the Democratic Party is no country for white men," King told the New York Times.
Those comments led the GOP to reluctantly strip King of his committee assignments.
It should be noted, however, that Republicans tolerated King's racism for years. It wasn't until King nearly lost re-election in his heavily Republican Iowa House seat that Republicans finally cared enough to rebuke him — because King's comments might finally impact the GOP's hold on power.
Published with permission of The American Independent Foundation.