Steve King Faces Backlash From First Latina Senator After Racist Comments (TWEET)

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One Democratic senator has some tough words for Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) after disgusting comments he made in a tweet on Sunday.

In the disgusting tweet, King wrote:

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‘Wilders understands that culture and demographics are our destiny. We can’t restore our civilization with somebody else’s babies.’

The tweet also included a retweet of a racist cartoon which featured the candidate for prime minister in the Netherlands, Geert Wilders, who is obviously anti-Muslim.

In response, Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) criticized King for his comments and called for others to speak out. The Huffington Post reported she is the first female Latino to be elected as a Senator. She said Tuesday:

‘Words have consequences and anybody in a position, and has a platform, and abuses that position is concerning.’

Furthermore, she spoke out against the current trend of vandalism happening to synagogues and schools across the country:

‘I’ve never seen that before until now. 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, and anybody hearing it should step up and call it for what it is and hold it accountable so that people know that we’re not going to stand for it. And we are going to protect those who will be at the receiving end of that discriminatory racist rhetoric.’

She also tweeted:

‘We’re not going to stand for discriminatory, racist rhetoric and we’re going to protect those who are being targeted.’

Despite some Republican colleagues trying to explain away King’s comments, King himself has said he meant what he said. He responded:

‘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. I’d like to see an America that’s just so homogenous that we look a lot the same from that perspective.’

Featured image via Getty Images / Alex Wong.