I have written several times about attempts by the media and Democrats (I repeat myself) to paint all Republicans as racists. They will take one low level official no one has ever heard of and suggest their racism is representative of the entire party. This is unfair.
But there are times we must put aside legitimate fears of bias to stand up and denounce racists who claim to speak for us. This is one of those times.
In a recent interview with the New York Times, Rep. Steve King said “White nationalist, white supremacist, western civilization — how did that language become offensive?” Well, Steve, white nationalists and white supremacists are offensive because they promote an evil ideology of racial division and hatred.
After his latest remarks created an uproar, King correctly called white nationalism and white supremacy evil, saying he is simply a nationalist. If this was his first offense, we could believe he simply misspoke or was taken out of context. Given his history, he no longer deserves the benefit of the doubt.
A few examples:
A southerner may view the confederate flag as a symbol of their history and culture with no racial overtones implied. For a northerner like King to display a confederate flag in his office, there can be only one interpretation.
Not realizing he was being recorded, King referred to Mexicans as “dirt” when talking with a supporter days before the last election.
King likes to pretend he is talking about Western culture, not white supremacy, but that does not square with his tweet that “we can’t restore our civilization with somebody else’s babies.”
Maybe, just maybe, King is just the most inarticulate man ever elected to Congress and he keeps saying things that sound racist by accident. But that is disproved by the people he chooses to associate with.
On an overseas trip funded by a Holocaust memorial group, King took time from learning about the horrors Nazis inflicted to sit down for an interview with a website associated with an Austrian party founded by a former Nazi SS officer and run today by a man associated with Neo-Nazi groups.
And last October, King decided to inject himself into a mayoral race in Canada. Why should a nationalist like King care about who is elected mayor of Toronto? The woman he endorsed is an unabashed white supremacist.
If there was one, two, maybe even three examples, we could believe King simply made a mistake, or was taken out of context, or is just another victim of the left accusing every Republican of being a racist. But King long ago passed the point of reasonable doubt, especially when he volunteers to support white supremacists in other countries when he need not say anything.
Republicans must stand up and be firm that King does not represent the party, or we will give the media another excuse to say we are all like him.