In January, as chair of the House Judiciary Committee, Bob Goodlatte appointed Congressman Steve King of Iowa to be chair of the Subcommittee on the Constitution and Civil Justice.
As Goodlatte knew at the time, King has a history of saying stupid and racist things. But he chose to ignore that.
“His expertise on many of the issues facing our nation and the committee make him well-suited to serve as chairman of the Constitution and Civil Justice Subcommittee,” Goodlatte said in a written statement. “I look forward to working with him as we seek to safeguard Americans’ liberties and promote an efficient and just legal system.”
Now The Washington Post reports:
Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) has gained notoriety for his often contentious — and, occasionally, almost overtly racist — comments about immigration and the demographics of the United States. On Sunday, in a tweet about the nationalist Dutch politician Geert Wilders, King again appears to have crossed the line.
“Wilders understands that culture and demographics are our destiny,” King wrote. “We can’t restore our civilization with somebody else’s babies.”
The formulation of “our” civilization being at risk from “somebody else’s babies” is a deliberate suggestion that American civilization is threatened by unnamed “others” — almost certainly a reference to non-Westerners. The idea that national identity and racial identity overlap entirely is the crux of white nationalism; King’s formulation above toes close to that line, if it doesn’t cross.
So congratulations, Congressman Goodlatte, for recognizing how “well-suited” Steve King is to head an important subcommittee that is supposed to help ensure equal justice for all Americans. Come out and take a bow.
Update: There’s more. What now, Bob?
2018 can’t come soon enough. This entitled politician needs to be replaced ASSP.
The freak show has been let loose in D.C. and their embolden by the idiot at the top. Every day these people wake up they insist on crushing as many lives as possible in the name of some fringe dysfunction. It would be hysterical if it wasn’t tragic. Goodlatte passes legislation designed to limit as many personal liberties and utility as possible in the name of some fringe greedy pricks who ‘ve coopted him. Sells the lie everyday and thumps the bible. King is just a plain fool who cant see beyond his stinking job and forgot that he’s an advocate for the underclass. Another PIG.
What’s truly amazing is these detestable, ugly, clumsy old men convince lazy minded left outs that their a good idea. When is the world going to wake up and work a bit harder at figuring stuff out
He has shown some moral capacity to reject extremism in the past. Let’s see if his shirt is brown now.
Steve King – Bob Goodlatte. Isnt it clear to his misguided supporters that these freak shows were the guys who were outcasts in life and their hatred for the world motivates their actions today. How do these guys keep finding people willing to support dysfunctional odd-balls like these two