Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) appeared on Fox News and discussed with host Tucker Carlson his controversial statements about Western civilization and "other peoples' babies."
King said, "This is a message over to Europe, over to the Netherlands and Geert Wilders, who does understand this: The birth rates in especially Western Europe... all of Western civilization, have gone down below the replacement rate --with the exception of Israel, they are the only first world country that has a birth rate higher than their death rate." Kind explained, "So we have to do something to increase our birth rates, or we will be replaced by people who do not share our values," he concluded. "We're seeing it happen in the Netherlands and all across Europe, and that is a lot of what the election is about coming up in the Netherlands in a few days."
Carlson interjected, "Everything you said is, I think defensible, and probably right. The problem with the [other peoples' babies] tweet was it suggested a racial component of American identity."
Earlier this week, King tweeted a supportive statement about Geert Wilders, a Dutch politician who has been an acute opponent of immigration and political Islam. King wrote, “Wilders understands that culture and demographics are our destiny. We can’t restore our civilization with somebody else’s babies.”
“I want us to be looking at that, promoting the birth rate in America,” said the unabashed King on CNN on Monday, “restoring the rule of law, putting an end to illegal immigration and recognizing we need to be a country that’s pulled together on similar values.” He said, “I’d like to see an America that’s just so homogenous that we look a lot the same from that perspective.”
His comment unleashed a firestorm of invective from Democrats and ethnic group advocates. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) said Tuesday that “racist” comments like King’s are feeding xenophobic sentiments. “Words have consequences and anybody in a position, and has a platform, and abuses that position is concerning,” Cortez Masto told Latino journalists. “Whether it’s the rhetoric coming out from the Trump administration, or people affiliated with that administration, or members of Congress who are continuing down this path of this racist rhetoric, it is having consequences.”
“I want us to be looking at that, promoting the birth rate in America, restoring the rule of law, putting an end to illegal immigration and recognizing we need to be a country that’s pulled together on similar values,” he told CNN on Monday. “I’d like to see an America that’s just so homogenous that we look a lot the same from that perspective.”
A spokeswoman for House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) issued a brief statement a statement: “The speaker clearly disagrees and believes America’s long history of inclusiveness is one of its great strengths.”