Iowa Republican Congressman Steve King is in hot water over a Sunday tweet in which he expressed support for far-right Dutch politician Geert Wilder, saying “we can’t restore our civilization with someone else’s babies.”

King, who calls himself “a champion of Western civilization,” drew praise from the racist right and rebuke from the Republican establishment. Former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke tweeted his support:

House Speaker Paul Ryan “clearly disagrees” with King’s comments, a spokeswoman told reporters.
“The speaker clearly disagrees and believes America’s long history of inclusiveness is one of its great strengths,” Ryan spokeswoman AshLee Strong said in a statement.
King doubled down Monday, telling CNN’s Chris Cuomo, “I meant exactly what I said.”
“You cannot rebuild your civilization with somebody else’s babies. You’ve got to keep your birth rate up, and that you need to teach your children your values,” King said, paraphrasing remarks he said he’s delivered to audiences in Europe. “In doing so, you can grow your population, you can strengthen your culture, and you can strengthen your way of life.”
The effort to promote diversity, King said, “is an effort on the left to break down the American civilization, to break down the American culture, and turn it into something entirely different.”

Written by Madison365 staff