While Donald Trump’s rise has certainly been a boon to racist elements within the Republican Party, it is hard to argue that Trump is the sole source of racism within the GOP. After all, Iowa representative Steve King has been a member of the Republican Party for many years and has an unfortunate habit of making openly racist comments.
As an example of this, we need look no further than the comments he made while on a radio station where he responded to a question about Univision’s Jorge Ramos. During the interview, CNN reports that King made racist comments regarding potential violence between black and Hispanic Americans.
‘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 is far from the first time that King has made racist statements like the one above. Recently, he got in trouble for comments on Twitter that earned him the scorn of Democrats and Republicans alike while earning the praise of men such as former KKK leader David Duke.
Wilders understands that culture and demographics are our destiny. We can't restore our civilization with somebody else's babies. https://t.co/4nxLipafWO
— Steve King (@SteveKingIA) March 12, 2017
When asked about the racist nature of his comments, King refused to apologize and said that he was a “champion of western civilization.” Not only are King’s comments incredibly racist, they are also historically inaccurate. Like the rest of the GOP, King professes to be a follower of Jesus Christ who was, despite what some seem to believe, not white. In fact, he had more in common with the Muslim refugees that King wants to keep out of the United States than the white Europeans that King idealizes.
In fact, if King really wants to ignore the contributions that non-white people have made to civilization as a whole then he can, among many other things, go back to using Roman numerals and give up his Christian religion.
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