Last week Representative Steve King endorsed Faith Goldy, a white-nationalist who is running for mayor in Toronto. At the time, I wrote how King demeans his party and the Congress in which he sits and questioned “why King is taking sides in foreign elections in the first place.”
Subsequently, the Washington Post revealed that in August, during an educational, foundation-funded trip to Poland to visit “Jewish and Holocaust historical sites,” King ventured into Austria—on his own dime—to meet with members of its far-right Freedom Party. So King went on a trip to Poland to learn about the Holocaust and then made his way into Austria to meet with the inheritors of party founded by those who helped perpetrate it.
The Washington Post report included that, while there, King sat for an interview with Unzensuriert, an Austrian Freedom Party-aligned publication. In the interview King took aim at immigration in the same ethnic terms used today by the alt-right:
“What does this diversity bring that we don’t already have?” King said in the interview. “Mexican food, Chinese food, those things—well, that’s fine. But what does it bring that we don’t have that is worth the price? We have a lot of diversity within the U.S. already.” Then he went on:
King: We add to our population approximately 1,8 million of “somebody else’s babies” who are raised in another culture before they get to us. We are replacing our American culture 2 to 1 every year. In addition, only between 7% & 11% of the 1,2 million and zero% of the 600,000 illegals are based on merit. We have no say about the qualifications of approximately 1,7 million legal and illegal immigrants each year. We don’t even ask the question, “What can you do for our country?” I see some similar issues going on here in Europe.
Unzensuriert: That's what we call the “Great Replacement”.
King: Great replacement, yes. These people walking into Europe by ethnic migration, 80% are young men. They are somebody else's babies.
“The Great Replacement”? When I said that “King’s focus on race and ethnicity is so consuming that it has become the core of his politics,” I was actually putting it too lightly. Racial politics is his only politics.
In an interview with Iowa’s Channel 13 News on Sunday, King was asked about his endorsement of Faith Goldy and the backlash that followed it. “Is she a [white] supremacist, like these articles say,” the interviewer, Dave Price asked. King replied: “I don’t know that. I have not seen the evidence of that . . . We don’t know what the left is going to hyperventilate over. This is a story that would not be a story if it hadn’t been for CNN and the Des Moines Register and then, who wrote about it? Well, Huffington Post and Daily Beast.”
Price fired back, “No, it was THE WEEKLY STANDARD, that was a pretty tough article they had.”
After a moment, Price continued: “But you know, that’s not a left wing publication.”
King's response was priceless:
Well they’re heading in that direction. But I would agree with you, at least for today. But they have separated themselves from the conservative wing of the Republican party very clearly. And they’ve been anti-Trumpers for some time now, for some months. So anyone who’s a conservative is more likely to be a target than an establishment Republican.
Just sit with that for a moment: Steve King has served in Congress for almost 20 years, and yet he wants people to believe that he’s not the Republican establishment. He “has billed taxpayers for more than $18,000 of food and beverages” at a club on Capitol Hill and he wants people to believe that he’s the True Conservative. And he talks about the “Great Replacement” and wants you to believe that he had no idea Faith Goldy—who did a guest spot on the Daily Stormer’s podcast—was a white nationalist.
It turns out that in addition to everything else, Steve King thinks Iowans are dupes, too.