WASHINGTON – House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) slammed Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) in a statement through her spokesperson for having made racially suggestive comments.
“Republican Congressman Steve King’s vile racism has no place in decent society, much less in the U.S. Congress,” Pelosi spokesperson Drew Hamill said in the statement on Monday.
“But once again, disgusting hatred has been met with deafening silence from [House] Speaker [Paul] Ryan,” Hamill added.
King on Sunday Tweeted his support for far-right Dutch politician and Party for Freedom Leader Geert Wilders.
Wilders understands that culture and demographics are our destiny. We can't restore our civilization with somebody else's babies. https://t.co/4nxLipafWO
— Steve King (@SteveKingIA) March 12, 2017
Wilders is a candidate for prime minister of the Netherlands and is regarded by many to be both Islamaphobic and xenophobic.
Wilders wants to end further Muslim immigration to Holland and also deport Muslims living in that country.
King has refused to back down from his praise of Wilders.
“You cannot rebuild your civilization with somebody else’s babies. You’ve got to keep your birth rate up, and that you need to teach your children your values,” King told CNN’s Chris Cuomo on Monday.
Hamill called on Ryan (R-Wis.) and GOP Congressional leaders to condemn King’s remarks.
“The GOP Leadership must stop accommodating this garbage, and condemn Congressman Steve King’s statements in the strongest and most unequivocal terms,” Hammill said.
“Speaker Ryan and the House Republican Leadership must decide whether white supremacy is welcome in the GOP ranks,” he added.