Steve King, US Congressman, Wants To Know When Nazi Became A Bad Word
Hey, did you hear that racist thing Steve King said? No, not that one. This is a new one. No, newer than that. We get if you're confused. I drag racists professionally, and even I have trouble keeping it all straight.
The New York Times has an article today about how the Iowa congressman is the white supremacist Beatles to Donald Trump's Oasis. It only really got interesting in the last couple paragraphs, when it painted a picture of King as some racist grandpa sulking on his porch while people of color invade his neighborhood.
Last week, as the new Congress was sworn in, Mr. King sat on his side of a chamber sharply delineated by demographics. The Democratic majority included record numbers of African-Americans and women, including the first Native American and the first Muslim women. Mr. King's side was mostly people who look like him.
"You could look over there and think the Democratic Party is no country for white men," he said.
King and I apparently have at least one thing in common. We're both aware of the title of the 2007 Coen Brothers film but have never gotten around to actually watching it. I do find it hilarious though to imagine King fuming over the rise of the colored empires like some common Tom Buchanan.
The Grand Wizard does have a point. It's racist and gross, but it is an observation the media has reported on a great deal since the midterm elections. King just doesn't consider it good news that the House is the most diverse in history. It's like if I showed up at a klansman's house with several pounds of dry-aged steak and he refused them because he's vegan and also hates black people.
A whopping 32 percent of House Democrats are people of color. That's probably enough to trigger King's white-flight instincts. He's probably worried about the rising crime and poor schools on the other side of the aisle. Although math implies that a remaining 68 percent minority of House Democrats are white, some of them are, well, women like Nancy Pelosi. Does that even count? Where the white men at? Sixty percent of all House members are white guys, a historic low from the glory days of Lawrence Welk. The Chad sightings are even fewer among the Democrats. There are currently only 91 white men out of 235 Democrats. That's only 38 percent! Someone might as well start the United White Democrat College Fund. For the cost of a cup of coffee, you could assist Seth Moulton or Tim Ryan in their ongoing efforts to rise to Pelosi's notice.
You'd think King would tone down the crazy racist talk. He's not hosting the 8 p.m. hour on Fox News. King's upfront racism almost cost him his seat last year. But he pulled through at the end because his totally non-racist constituents don't mind a racist representing them in the House. Now, he's free to trade in dog whistles for bull horns and wonder aloud why any reasonable, non-cursed son of Ham would even object to the term "white supremacist."
At the same time, [King] said, he supports immigrants who enter the country legally and fully assimilate because what matters more than race is "the culture of America" based on values brought to the United States by whites from Europe.
"White nationalist, white supremacist, Western civilization — how did that language become offensive?" Mr. King said. "Why did I sit in classes teaching me about the merits of our history and our civilization?"
Let's get something straight: Steve King did not spend four years at White Supremacist University to have people refuse to call him "Doctor White Supremacist." He also stresses that he's a non-racist white supremacist because he has no access to a dictionary.
Mr. King [...] pointed to his Twitter timeline showing him greeting Iowans of all races and religions in his Washington office. (The same office once displayed a Confederate flag on his desk.)
See? King greeted those "Iowans of all races." Maybe a bus from Detroit broke down in Sioux City, but regardless, they were in his district and he offered them some Confederate memorabilia as a parting gift.
King is an ongoing embarrassment to Republicans who are all like, "What? There are racists in our racist party?" Senator Jeff Flake even went so far as to root for his Democratic opponent last year. Now, though, he's facing a serious primary challenge just a couple months after his last race.
Randy Feenstra announced his intentions on Wednesday. Today, King's son Jeff dismissed Feenstra as an "establishment" puppet. He's actually just your typical Trump-loving, blame Democrats for existing conservative. But he's not openly racist. That's why Republicans truly have the bigger tent. All they require is that you don't wear the white hood in public and you don't say "motherfucker." Honestly, there's room for everyone.
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Stephen Robinson is a writer and social kibbitzer based in Portland, Oregon. He's on the board of the Portland Playhouse theater and writes for the immersive theater Cafe Nordo in Seattle.