Why Steve King Keeps Winning

With respect to Trump as Shiva the Destroyer, one valid concern on the Alt Right is: After Trump, Whom?

Whether at the local, state, or federal level, running a campaign takes money, and billionaire outsiders, not beholden to special interest campaign donations, who are willing to run for office don’t grow on trees.

Steve King is a good example of whom. From Politico (“Why Steve King Keeps Winning”):

While most of the country was freaking out about Steve King’s recent comments about America’s demographic destiny—“racist old white man,” “disgusting human being,” “you need to resign” were just a few of the comments on Twitter—Iowans were a bit less surprised. Count the state’s governor among them.

On Sunday, King, who represents the state’s northwest corner, had tweeted in defense of the Dutch anti-immigrant, anti-Muslim politician Geert Wilders: “Wilders understands that culture and demographics are our destiny. We can’t restore our civilization with somebody else’s babies.” When observers pointed out that the sentiment mirrored the infamous 14-word credo of white supremacists—“We must secure the existence of our people and a future for white children”—King didn’t back down. Asked about the tweet on CNN, the congressman declared that he had “meant exactly what I said” and added, “If you go down the road a few generations, or maybe centuries, with the inter-marriage, I’d like to see an America that is just so homogenous that we look a lot the same.” At the end of the interview, he recommended that viewers read The Camp of the Saints, a French novel about immigration that is widely considered xenophobic, if not openly racist. Not long afterward, in another interview, King predicted that “Hispanics and the blacks will be fighting each other” before the country becomes majority-minority. In the midst of it all, the white supremacist website the Daily Stormer embraced King as a “hero.”…

And yet, King keeps winning—and by large margins. He has served Congress for 14 years, making him the state’s most senior member in the House, and served in state politics for six years before that. His position has made him a—forgive the cliché—kingmaker not just in Iowa politics, but also nationally, given our state’s place in the presidential election process. In 2015, nearly a dozen Republican hopefuls trudged up to Des Moines for King’s year-old “Iowa Freedom Summit” in a testament to his growing political clout.

All of which helps explain why Chelsea Clinton, Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.) and CNN commentator Ana Navarro were enraged by King’s latest comments, labeling them racist, but his fellow Republicans are generally loath to criticize him too harshly.

This entry was posted in Alt-Right, Republican Party, White Identity. Bookmark the permalink.