In a powerful punch down, former Florida governor Jeb Bush condemned Republican Iowa Representative Steve King’s tweet about white nationalism. King supports an ultra-conservative politician, the “Dutch Trump,” Geert Wilders’ comment about the future of immigration in the United States.
Steve King wrote that immigrants defuse the country’s civilization:
‘Wilders understands that culture and demographics are our destiny. We can’t restore our civilization with somebody else’s babies.’
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
A peroxide blonde with an atrocious hairstyle, Wilders has been an advocate for white nationalism and against Muslims, the E.U., and immigrants for a decade. It seems to be working. He went from fringe politics to a national movement. According to polls, his anti-immigrant Party for Freedom (PVV) is as popular as the Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte’s Liberals.
Wilders inspires controversy via social media as easily as Trump. If people believe that the U.S. president has no impact on world politics, pollster Peil.nl told Bloomberg News that many Dutch voters could have abandoned Wilders after the original immigration “measures taken by President Trump.”
Former Republican candidate for president in 2016 Jeb Bush knocked King sideways with his own tweet:
‘America is a nation of immigrants. The sentiment expressed by Steve King doesn’t reflect our shared history or values.’
America is a nation of immigrants. The sentiment expressed by Steve King doesn't reflect our shared history or values. https://t.co/msydFudA7m
— Jeb Bush (@JebBush) March 13, 2017
Monday, King came back with a serious response, saying he would:
‘Like to see an America that’s just so homogenous that we look a lot the same.’
Representative Carlos Curbelo tweeted:
‘What exactly do you mean? Do I qualify as “somebody else’s baby?’
— Carlos Curbelo (@CLCurbelo) March 13, 2017
Republican Representative Ileana Ros-Lehtinen of Florida joined the fray, telling King to “get a clue.”
‘Diversity is our strength. All looking alike is such a waste. A travesty. I wanna be me. All others are taken.’
— Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (@RosLehtinen) March 13, 2017
King appeared on CNN, and defended his earlier comments, saying that he wants a country where people “look a lot the same:”
‘I meant exactly what I said. [I am] a champion for Western civilization [And would] like to see an America that’s just so homogenous that we look a lot the same.’
Holland’s elections occur on March 15th and should serve as an indicator of the E.U.’s future given Germany, France, and Italy’s upcoming elections.
Featured Image: Getty’s Images/Sean Rayford.