On Sunday, US Congressman Steve King (R-IA) retweeted the anti-immigrant fake news account Voice of Europe, adding his own white supremacist take on the original tweet:
@SteveKingIA: “Wilders understands that culture and demographics are our destiny. We can’t restore our civilization with somebody else’s babies.”
@V_of_Europe: “Hundreds of Islamists shouting ‘Allahu Akbar’ in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. Wilders is right for over 10 years. #turkijerel”
Wilders refers to Geert Wilders, a far-right anti-immigrant Dutch politician running for prime minister in the Netherlands, an election to be held on March 15. He’s basically what you’d get if Draco Malfoy starred in Zoolander.
Republican representative Steve King is not Dutch, yet he refers to Wilders understanding “our destiny” and “our civilization,” presumably referring to the “Western civilization” mentioned in the cartoon in the original tweet. Apparently, King sees the need to “restore” this civilization, similar to how Donald Trump wants to “Make America Great Again.”
As many have asked of Trump’s slogan, what America does he want to return us to, when the country was “great”? The days of Jim Crow? Before women’s suffrage? The decades of polluted air and water across the nation?
Similarly, with Western civilization clearly in evidence and power all around us, what does King wish to restore? Since his tweet is in reference to Muslims, his comments on “somebody else’s babies” clearly show antagonism toward the non-white babies of Muslim immigrants. (King was apparently the product of asexual reproduction of himself, not “somebody else’s” baby.)
Alternatively, King is offended by people proclaiming “God is the Greatest!” because he has a coffee mug proving that he, in fact, is the Greatest.
King’s language comes straight out of the white supremacist playbook, this idea that American culture or Western culture is actually a monolithic white heritage that non-white people threaten by their very existence in proximity to white people (i.e., “demographics”). When asked to describe this imaginary culture, most white supremacists are unable to do so beyond “white” and cherry-picked examples of white men’s accomplishments.
Basically, this is the view of the Western world you might have if your sight was restricted by the eyeholes in your hood.
Now, I’m not saying that Steve King is a member of the Ku Klux Klan and wants to wear his white hood in public again. That would imply that he feels the need to hide his racism, which is clearly not the case. No, King is not longing to wear the white hood. He wants to turn our country (and Europe) into one.