King test-drove white nationalist rhetoric, now seems to have bought the car – Washington Examiner

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Why is King suddenly making such an overt play for the white nationalist vote? (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

If Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, had been test-driving rhetoric from the white-genocide fantasy land of the alt-right, it looks like this week he’s bought the car.

In an Iowa radio interview today, he followed up his anti-immigrant tweet from Sunday (“We can’t restore our civilization with somebody else’s babies”) by remarking that the trend toward a declining white share of the U.S. population will somehow be derailed by a race war between “the blacks” and Hispanics. It’s a line of thinking so loaded with nonsense that it’s almost hard to know where to begin.

The exchange began with King criticizing liberals and one Univision journalist in particular for celebrating the demise of America’s white majority:

“Their effort here is to be celebrating because the United States is moving toward whites becoming a minority. … Jorge Ramos’ stock in trade is identifying and trying to drive wedges between race. Race and ethnicity, I should say to be more correct. When you start accentuating the differences, then you start ending up with people that are at each other’s throats. And he’s adding up Hispanics and blacks into what he predicts will be in greater number than whites in America. I will predict that Hispanics and the blacks will be fighting each other before that happens.”

This comes one day after King denied, in a CNN interview, that there had been a racial component to his tweet about “someone else’s babies.” He argued Monday (or at least appeared that he argued) that he was in fact defending a culture that Americans of all races share. But this entire conversation on Tuesday kind of gives the lie to that idea. It hints at a motivation that has more to do with making or keeping America whiter, as if racial harmony between minority groups also depends on it.

So why is King suddenly making such an overt play for the white nationalist vote? If he sees some kind of advantage in doing so, then why doesn’t anyone else? Since his election, Trump has stayed away from anything resembling this sort of talk. And I couldn’t name another Republican officeholder anywhere who is saying things like this — not just an insensitive comment, but an articulation of racialist talking points and theories.

King spent a decade in Congress resembling a more-or-less normal anti-establishment conservative immigration hawk. He has changed (or unmasked himself?) rather dramatically with this sudden race obsession.

Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi had apparently already called on Speaker Ryan to take away King’s judiciary subcommittee chairmanship even before this latest outburst. King seems determined to push Ryan to the point where he will have to do something.

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