Dem senator: King’s ‘racist’ talk has ‘consequences’ – The Hill

Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) says Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) should realize the power of his “offensive” remarks about Western civilization.

“Words have consequences, and anybody in a position, and has a platform, and abuses that position is concerning,” she said Tuesday, according to the Huffington Post.

Cortez Masto cited a Mexican consulate in Nevada that was defaced with a spray-painted swastika in January as an example of what words can inspire.

“I’ve never seen that before until now,” said Cortez Masto, who served as Nevada’s attorney general for eight years.

“Whether it’s the rhetoric coming out of the Trump administration, or people affiliated with that administration, or members of Congress who are continuing down this path of racist rhetoric, it is having consequences,” added Cortez Masto, the first Latina senator.

“And anybody hearing it should step up and call it for what it is and hold it accountable so that people know we’re not going to stand for it. And we are going to protect those who will be at the receiving end of that discriminatory racist rhetoric.”

King stoked controversy Sunday for the commentary he tweeted alongside an editorial cartoon of far-right Dutch politician Geert Wilders.

The image shows Wilders — an outspoken critic of immigration and radical Islam — plugging a hole in a wall labeled “Western civilization.”

Bearded protesters behind Wilders wield signs reading, “Infidels, Know Your Limits” and “Freedom of Speech Go To Hell.”

“Wilders understands that culture and demographics are our destiny,” King tweeted with the image. “We can’t restore our civilization with someone else’s babies.”

Democrats and Republicans alike criticized the tweet, prompting King to repeatedly defend his remarks.

“I really don’t know why people hyperventilate over a tweet,” he said on “Breitbart News Daily” before wondering aloud if his critics are “willfully ignorant.”

“But if I had room to add on, I would say, ‘You can’t rebuild civilization with somebody else’s babies unless you adopt them and bring them into your homes and raise them as your own,’” King added. “And that’s the core of the tweet.”

“They’re imparting a different culture, a different civilization, and that culture and civilization, the imported one, rejects the host’s culture, and so they are supplanting Western civilization with Middle Eastern civilization.”

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