Top Iowa newspaper: GOP must primary Steve King over race remarks – The Hill (blog)

Iowa’s largest newspaper slammed Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) on Tuesday, calling on the Republican Party to oppose his reelection in 2018 after the congressman made racially charged statements about immigration and “somebody else’s babies.”

The Des Moines Register editorial board dismissed GOP lawmakers’ attempts to denounce King’s remarks, arguing that the party would likely still back his reelection bid next year.

“King’s words are predictable, but they carry weight only because he is a congressman,” the editorial reads. “And he’s a congressman because, after Republican Party leaders repeatedly denounce his words in an attempt to claim the moral high ground, they then wallow in the mud by supporting King’s bids for re-election.”

“If King’s world view truly doesn’t match that of the Republican Party, then party leaders at both the state and national level need to stand together in supporting an opposing candidate in the 2018 Republican primary.”

King took to Twitter on Monday to express agreement with far-right Dutch politician Geert Wilders, who has called for a ban on the Quran and an end to immigration from Muslim-majority countries.

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

King then followed up on that tweet on CNN later that day, saying he wants a “homogenous” United States, and claimed the country had to “rebuild” its “civilization.”

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