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December 11, 2018

Iowa Republican Steve King refuses to apologize for retweeting Nazi sympathizer, claims the U.S. is ‘Judeo-Christian’

June 27, 2018
Rep. Steve King speaks at the American Conservative Union conference on March 3, 2016. (Gage Skidmore/ Planet Pix / TNS)

Steve King does Nazi the problem.

The conservative Iowa congressman on Tuesday refused to apologize for retweeting a well-known Nazi sympathizer, insisting he had no idea whose message he was perpetuating.




“Because then it’d be like I’m admitting that I did something,” King said when asked by CNN why he hasn’t deleted his June 12 retweet of Mark Collett, the former chairman of the far-right British National Party.

“I’m not sorry,” he added. “I’m human.”

Collett’s post read, “65% of Italians under the age of 35 now oppose mass immigration. Europe is waking up.” King captioned his retweet, “Europe is waking up…Will America…in time?”

The retweet drew widespread outrage as critics pointed out Collett is a self-described Nazi sympathizer who has expressed admiration for Adolf Hitler. Collett, 37, was the subject of a 2002 documentary entitled, “Young, Nazi and Proud.”

After refusing to address the controversial retweet for weeks, King claimed Monday afternoon he didn’t know who Collett was before boosting his message.

“I had never heard of his name before, and I don’t know why anybody would ever know his name, for that matter,” King said, standing just off the House floor.

But the 69-year-old lawmaker acknowledged he found himself in agreement with the Nazi fanboy’s tweet.

“It’s unjust to simply put a politically correct bridle on someone and say, ‘you’ve got to do a background check on everybody that ever tweets something out before you can ever agree with a single sentence that they might put out,’” he said. “And by the way, I didn’t even know it was his message.”

Echoing talking points commonly associated with white supremacists, King went on to espouse his hardline views on immigration, saying he believes people who come to the U.S. need to embrace “Americanism” since the U.S. is a “Judeo-Christian country.”

“I want to see the American civilization strengthened,” he said. “That means we are a Judeo-Christian country, and we could not have succeeded without our Founding Fathers’ (knowing) that.”

House Speaker Paul Ryan joined a bipartisan chorus criticizing King’s controversial Twitter antics.

“The Speaker has said many times that Nazis have no place in our politics,” Ryan’s office said in a statement, “and clearly members should not engage with anyone promoting hate.”

King has raised eyebrows in the past for racially-charged remarks about immigrants.

He infamously tweeted last March that “our civilization” can’t be restored with “somebody else’s babies,” receiving praise from ex-Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke and other far-right adherents.




King demurred when asked Monday if he wants to prioritize immigrants from European countries, saying he wants people who move to the U.S. to embrace American culture instead of trying “to reverse it.”

“They can figure out who they are,” he said. “The American people can also figure out who they are.”




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