Iowa Rep. Steve King just can’t seem to rid himself of racism accusations, and according to a recent HuffPost article, it doesn’t appear the Republican lawmaker is trying very hard to fight the label.
Despite King’s speech on the House floor earlier this month, during which he ostensibly denounced the notion of white supremacy after fellow Republicans criticized him for racist statements he made to The New York Times, his house.gov website promotes an article from a white nationalist blog.
[J]ust beneath King’s YouTube video is a link to “Illegal Immigrant Stories,” a section of King’s website he’s devoted to cherry-picked news articles falsely portraying Latinos as prone to committing crimes. Many of the news clips King cites are from disreputable far-right propaganda outlets like Breitbart, The Daily Caller, WorldNetDaily, and The Gateway Pundit. One of the news clips King uses is from the patently white nationalist website VDare.com.
VDare is a hate site named after Virginia Dare, said to be the first white baby born in the “New World.” It has routinely featured the writing of eugenicists, anti-Semites and Nazi sympathizers, including prominent white supremacists Richard Spencer, Kevin MacDonald, Sam Francis and Jared Taylor.
The article in question, “Drunk Driving Illegal Alien Kills Woman, Is Granted Bail and Disappears”, is written by anti-immigrant blogger Brenda Walker, who has written that Mexicans are “an ethnic group that has neither interest nor aptitude.”
Walker has also stated, falsely, that “sex with children is socially acceptable in Mexico” and that “Hispanics, and particularly Mexicans, are academic underachievers because their culture does not value education.”
That her article is still featured on King’s website even after his latest run-in with accusations of racism and white nationalism is telling, in part because this is not the first King has been called out on the piece.
Media Matters first reported in June 2018 that King was citing Walker’s VDare article on his house.gov website. That report was then cited in multiple major news outlets, including a July 2018 HuffPost article that argued King is a white supremacist — an article King read.
After the New York Times debacle, numerous Republicans called on King to resign, including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, and Chairwoman of the House Republican Conference Liz Cheney.
But King has remained defiant and said he will not resign.