Rep. Steve King’s ties to White Nationalism are no secret to anyone that has access to his Twitter page, but this week’s criticism of the Iowa congressman reached a peak after 11 Jewish worshippers were killed in a Pittsburgh synagogue on Saturday.
Previous supporters of King broke ties with him, including Land O’ Lakes, Intel, and his Republican colleagues in Congress.
But King met one of his critics face-to-face on Thursday who asked him about his views on immigration and his ties to White Nationalist groups.
The questioner compared the shooter’s rhetoric to a time when King tweeted “we can’t restore our civilization with other people’s babies.”
“You and the shooter both share an ideology —” the questioner began.
“Do not associate me with that shooter,” King shot back. “I knew you were an ambusher when you walked in the room, but there’s no basis for that and you get no question and you get no answer. No, you’re done.”
The man tried asking King about a recent trip he took to Austria to meet with a known white supremacist group. Instead of answering, the Iowa congressman demanded the man be escorted out of the room.
“I will not answer your question and I will not listen to another word from you,” King said.
— Iowa Starting Line (@IAStartingLine) November 1, 2018
The man’s question of King’s Austria trip refers to a Washington Post report published last week that revealed the Congressman met a white nationalist group in the country on a trip that was funded by a Holocaust memorial group.
While on his visit, King did an interview with the website Unzensuriert, which is associated with a far-right Austrian political party that has strong ties to neo-Nazis.
“I have said that diversity is not a strength,” King said in the interview. “The Left just repeats it again and again, but it is mindless. What does this diversity bring that we don’t already have? Mexican food, Chinese food, those things, well, that’s fine, but what does it bring that we don’t have that is worth the price? We have a lot of diversity within the U.S. already.”
In the same interview, King suggested that Geroge Soros “engaged in the US election” and sported a conspiracy theory that he pays left-wing protestors. This kind of criticism against Soros, a Jewish man, has been linked with anti-Semitism.
But King has been unapologetic all the accusations against him. He even tweeted out the video of the man who questioned him on Thursday, adding: “Leftist Media Lies have reached Peak Insanity and compared me to the evil Pittsburgh murderer of 11 Jews! Here is my reaction.”