In one of his numerous Monday morning tweets, President Donald Trump called upon white supremacist views when he said immigrants illegally crossing the nation's southern border are 'stealing our country'.
The presidents remarks bring to mind a tweet from Rep. Steve King (R-IA) from last year, in which the Republican lawmaker said "We can't restore our civilization with somebody else's babies."
King's comments were blatantly racist, and he never apologized for them, instead doubling down after the fact.
King later went on CNN to clarify his remarks. Only he didn’t actually offer an apology. Instead, he said, “I meant exactly what I said.” And he added another racist remark on top of it: “If you go down the road a few generations or maybe centuries with the intermarriage, I’d like to see an America that's just so homogenous that we look a lot the same.”
As unsettling as it is to hear such words from a congressman, one might expect such inanity from King -- this wasn't his first racist comment.
But as president, Trump's furtherance of such ideology is even more disturbing and has even greater chance of translating to official government policy.
Trump's comments were followed by a call to action: Congress must "use the nuclear option if necessary" -- using a Senate maneuver to lower the threshold to break a filibuster from 60 votes to 51, weaking the power of the minority party -- to pass border security legislation.
The messages are a reflection of Trump's ongoing frustration that more progress hasn't yet been made on the wall, his chief campaign promise. He has continued to rail at being cornered into signing an omnibus spending bill that included only a small amount of funding for the border wall. And he's noticed with chagrin the vocal criticism of Ann Coulter, the right-wing firebrand who has publicly censured Trump for falling short on his immigration promises.