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Iowa Democrats furious over Steve King’s “racist” tweet

A proud Steve King poses with his grand baby

DES MOINES – Congressman Steve King is making national headlines again, this time after shunning babies from other cultures.

Sunday, Republican Representative Steve King, said “culture and demographics are our destiny. We can’t restore our civilization with somebody else’s babies.”

He later was offered a chance on national television to clarify his remarks, and he said meant exactly what he said.

In the wake of those allegedly controversial remarks, the Iowa Democratic Party hit back Monday with a stinging statement:

In response to Rep. Steve King’s most recent display of racism, Iowa Democratic Party Chair Derek Eadon issued the following statement:

“Iowa has a rich history of welcoming immigrants and refugees, and we strongly condemn King’s words. Governor Branstad and Kim Reynolds have shared the stage with King and continue to stand beside him. It’s not enough to simply disagree with King by saying his behavior is not indicative of “Iowa values”. King deserves a swift and sharp rebuke from all Iowa GOP leaders. Reynolds condoned King’s history of racist statements by throwing her support to King during last year’s primary.

“King’s remarks come just a week after a synagogue was threatened in Mason City. Iowans are angry. They are scared. They are sick and tired of being associated with King’s despicable behavior. Donald Trump’s hate-based presidential campaign emboldened racists like Rep. Steve King and David Duke. If the Iowa GOP is serious about condemning King’s racism they should remove his name from any future Republican Party sponsored events and fundraisers, and join us in a call for King to be censured.”

Background: Yesterday, Congressman Steve King (IA-04) used his twitter account to promote white nationalism. Notorious KKK leader David Duke applauded King’s statement. King double downed on his statement again this morning. King’s comments come just days after a synagogue in King’s district received a threatening message on its voicemail.

Mr. King’s remarks were also rebuked by Governor Terry Branstad and Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds.

Also Monday, NIT received the following statement from the Iowa Republican Party. Chairman Jeff Kaufmann responded today to yesterday’s comments by Congressman Steve King and David Duke.

“First of all, I do not agree with Congressman King’s statement. We are a nation of immigrants, and diversity is the strength of any nation and any community,” Chairman Jeff Kaufmann said. “Regarding David Duke, his words and sentiments are absolute garbage. He is not welcome in our wonderful state.”

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