Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) has been having a tough time in this Congress, though the issues that he’s facing are of King’s own making.
After he told the New York Times that he wondered how the term “white supremacist” became offensive, King was booted from his committee assignments (though he still lists himself as sitting on three committees on his government website).
But King has been defiant about his statements and the punishment that he received. Now, he’s comparing his experience to that of Jesus Christ.
“When I had to step down to the floor of the House of Representatives and look up at those 400-and-some accusers — you know, we’ve just passed through Easter and Christ’s Passion — and I have a better insight into what he went through for us, partly because of that experience,” King told supporters at a recent town hall, according to Politico.
“I’m grateful that we are the people we are and we not only — we have a strong Christian ethic here and a high percentage of people that are true believers, we have all of that going for us, but it’s also in our culture,” he added.
The idea of preserving culture is a recurring theme for King, and sometimes, it gets pretty racist. In March 2017, he tweeted that “we can’t restore our civilization with somebody else’s babies.”
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
Soon after that tweet, King defended it and doubled down on the racism during an interview with Breitbart News.
“So they are supplanting Western civilization with Middle Eastern civilization and I say, and Geert Wilders says, Western civilization is a superior civilization — it is the first world,” he said.
In 2018, he repeated that talking point, saying that “when you are importing people, even importing one single person, you are importing their culture.”
King is currently serving his ninth term in Congress, but in 2018, he barely managed to squeak by Democrat J.D. Scholten.