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Rep. Steve King Tweets Support for Far-Right Dutch Politician: ‘Culture and Demographics Are Our Destiny’

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Representative Steve King (R., Iowa) sparked controversy on Sunday for a tweet that expressed support for the far-right Dutch politician Geert Wilders.

King, who has a history of making racially provocative comments, tweeted: “Wilders understands that culture and demographics are our destiny. We can’t restore our civilization with somebody else’s babies.” His comment quoted a cartoon from the account Voices of Europe, which described itself on Twitter as “Anti EU / Pro Europe / MAGA.”

King has regularly espoused white-supremacist ideologies — inciting outrage last year when he asked which “subgroup” contributed more to advancements in civilization than white people and when he put a Confederate flag on his desk.

His Sunday tweet earned praise from former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke.

King’s office did not immediately respond to a request for comment.


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