Republican Rep. Steve King is a racist. He’s bigoted against pretty much everyone who doesn’t share his personal belief system. He’s an all-around awful person and a true blight on the state of Iowa. On Friday, King was recognized for 30 minutes on the floor of the House, and he used that time to go on what can only be called the most Steve King-iest Steve King rant in recent memory. Covering everything from how he’s not a racist white supremacist asshat to how he’s really not a white supremacist racist prick, King did it all. He had charts, he had finger pointing, and he did everything a modern white Republican does these days—including figuratively nailing himself to a cross for the world to see.
REP. STEVE KING: What did the term “White Nationalism” mean in the year 2000, when it was virtually unused? Or in any year prior to that when it was also virtually unused? What did it mean in 2001, 2002, 2003, all the way up, you can see it's virtually unused, all the way up until it never even starts to move until 2015. This is a Lexus Nexus search of the term “white nationalism” or “white nationalist,” derivatives of this term.
That’s right. Why is everyone saying the negative words about me? How come being a racist means that people have more bad things to say about me than they used to say about me? Why have I been kicked off a ton of committees by my own political party as they try and distance themselves from my ugly personality? Let’s go on. Wait for it.
REP. KING: It jumped in 2016 to 10,000 times a year. Virtually unused and all of a sudden in 2016, there it goes. 10,000 times a year. 2017, 30,000 times, and 2018, it's still up there at 20,000 times. Now, how did it happen that a terminology that had been virtually unused all of a sudden became used in multiple times, up to 30,000 times a year, when 100 to 200 times a year is its virtually unused definition down here? And how did it happen that this is the word that gets tagged on me? Is that an accident? I don't think so.
CONSPIRACY!!!! But let’s understand how this works. Rep. Steve King was living his life, being a white supremacist asshole, and then suddenly, everyone started calling him a racist? No, my friends. There’s a deeper layer to this rotten onion of conspiracy against Steve.
REP. KING: Well, there was a circumstance that Donald Trump was elected president of the United States. November 8, 2016. And when that happened there was already a gathering for the hierarchy of the Democratic Party to gather together at the Mandarin Occidental Hotel here in Washington, and their agenda was to best plan how they were going to utilize what they expected to be would be a Hillary Clinton presidency. They admitted that they had to change their agenda when they got the surprise of Donald Trump winning the election as opposed to Hillary. They did change their agenda. But at the hotel—by the way, led by George Soros, his face is on the front cover here of Politico’s article that tells about this, several other articles, Mr. Speaker, but George Soros led on this—and so there they planned how they were going to deal with a Trump presidency.
And the first thing they did? Go after Rep. Steve King for being unable to stop saying racist shit all of the time. So, why is Rep. Steve King whining and crying about this? Because he has a piece of legislation that will help America! Actually, it’s a piece of legislation to try and help Rep. Steve King out. It is a “resolution.”
REP. KING: This resolution, I've been waiting to drop it, dropping it, introducing it, on the anniversary of the misquote that got dropped on me one year ago today from The New York Times that allegedly launched this firestorm that brought about these things that I have talked about. This resolution makes the case clearly that the The New York Times could not be right and that I could not be wrong and the balance of this was people wanting it to be true and so they wrote it up so, this disproves the The New York Times quote and additionally, Mr. Speaker, I delivered that quote on the floor of the House of Representatives the following Tuesday in the fashion that -- I would have said it if I had actually said it. In other words, I would never tie together white nationalism, white supremacy, and western civilization.
“The New York Times could not be right and that I could not be wrong,” is arguably the most Steve King thing said in the history of Steve King things. This is a lot of Steve King hooey because King has been in trouble over his inability to even pretend he isn’t a bizarre old-timey racist. His campaign has had a lot of financial issues, as guys like King don’t stay in power through small-donor donations. They need that sweet Republican oligarch PAC money, and King has been alienating himself like Lee J. Cobb’s “Juror #3” in 12 Angry Men. Hopefully, Democratic candidate J.D. Scholten can relieve Iowa’s 4th Congressional district of Rep. King in 2020.
And here’s the introduction of the resolution.