Trump keeps mum on King's comments while separately stoking racism

President Donald Trump said Monday that he hasn't been following news surrounding Iowa Republican Rep. ...

Posted: Jan 15, 2019 6:07 AM
Updated: Jan 15, 2019 6:07 AM

President Donald Trump said Monday that he hasn't been following news surrounding Iowa Republican Rep. Steve King's recent comments to The New York Times which were sympathetic to white supremacists.

Trump, asked about King's comments on the south lawn of the White House, said, "I don't -- I haven't been following it. I really haven't been following it."

Discrimination

Donald Trump

Government and public administration

Government bodies and offices

Nationalism

Pat Buchanan

Political Figures - US

Politics

Racism and racial discrimination

Right-wing extremism

Societal issues

Society

Steve King (Politician)

US federal government

White House

White supremacy and neo-Nazism

Elizabeth Warren

2017 Charlottesville white nationalist rally

Charlottesville

Civil disobedience

Continents and regions

Immigration

Immigration, citizenship and displacement

International relations and national security

North America

Protests and demonstrations

Southeastern United States

The Americas

United States

Virginia

Companies

Minority and ethnic groups

Twitter

Iowa

Midwestern United States

Controversy was sparked after King asked the Times last week, "White nationalist, white supremacist, Western civilization -- how did that language become offensive?"

The comments were just the latest to stir outrage from the long-serving Iowa congressman.

King later condemned "anyone that supports this evil and bigoted ideology" of white nationalism and white supremacy.

Meanwhile, Trump himself engaged in racist dog whistles of his own over the weekend.

On Sunday, Trump sent a blatantly racist tweet about Massachusetts Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren, a potential 2020 contender, who shared a livestream video from her house. Trump, reprising his racist take on Warren, took aim at her claim to Native American heritage.

"If Elizabeth Warren, often referred to by me as Pocahontas, did this commercial from Bighorn or Wounded Knee instead of her kitchen, with her husband dressed in full Indian garb, it would have been a smash!" Trump tweeted.

Later Sunday, Trump quoted a blatantly white nationalist column written by Pat Buchanan, the former communications director for President Ronald Reagan.

"The United States, as we have known it, is going to cease to exist ... And Americans will not go gentle into that good night," Trump tweeted, quoting Buchanan's piece, entitled "Memo to Trump: Declare an Emergency."

In the same column, Buchanan wrote: "The more multiracial, multiethnic, multicultural, multilingual America becomes -- the less it looks like Ronald Reagan's America -- the more dependably Democratic it will become. The Democratic Party is hostile to white men, because the smaller the share of the US population that white men become, the sooner that Democrats inherit the national estate."

Trump in 1999 called Buchanan a "Hitler-lover" and an "anti-Semite" on NBC's "Meet the Press."

A consistent Trump theme

The weekend tweets are a continuation of themes present during Trump's campaign and presidency.

Trump, during a 2017 news conference following violence at a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, attempted to equate white supremacists on one side with the "alt-left" on the other side. The comment came after his top White House aides spent days trying to clean up Trump's initial response to the unrest, during which he blamed "many sides" for the violence which killed one person when a man attending the Unite the Right rally drove his car into counterprotesters.

Remarks from Trump's presidential campaign announcement also mirror some of King's own, long-held sentiments about immigrants.

"When Mexico sends its people, they're not sending their best," Trump famously said during his campaign announcement in 2015. "They're sending people that have lots of problems, and they're bringing those problems with us. They're bringing drugs. They're bringing crime. They're rapists. And some, I assume, are good people."

But it's not just anti-immigrant sentiment and insensitivity to Native Americans that Trump has espoused. Trump has made insensitive comments targeting many racial, ethnic and religious minorities -- including African-Americans, Muslims and Asians.

Trump's political history with King

Though Trump said he hasn't been following the news about King, he's been a longtime ally of the Iowa Republican. In 2014, Trump recorded a robocall for King and participated in a private fundraiser in Iowa in King's honor.

Trump, ahead of the fundraiser, said King was a "special guy, a smart person, with really the right views on almost everything," according to the Des Moines Register.

Trump also told the newspaper that his ideology is so in sync with King's that "we don't have to compare notes."

But King's history of publicly stoking racist and anti-immigrant sentiment predates Trump's 2014 support.

By 2013, King had already been the subject of media scrutiny for his comments suggesting that the DREAM Act would open the border to good students and drug mules in equal measure.

"For every one who's a valedictorian, there's another 100 out there that they weigh 130 pounds and they've got calves the size of cantaloupes because they're hauling 75 pounds of marijuana across the desert," King told Newsmax at the time.

And ahead of Trump's endorsement in 2014, King stated in an interview on CNN's "New Day" -- without evidence -- that the parents of young girls sent to north to enter the US along its southern border had been giving them "birth control pills" ahead of the trip.

"This is a man-caused disaster, and the man that caused it is Barack Obama," King said, calling the former president's immigration policies an "advertisement that has been such a huge magnet that have caused these families to give their daughters birth control pills and send them down a rape path all the way through Mexico."

King's most recent comments have been rejected by Democrats and members of his own party, including top House Republican Kevin McCarthy, who vowed Sunday to reprimand King for his comments.

Terre Haute
Clear
90° wxIcon
Hi: 91° Lo: 68°
Feels Like: 91°
Robinson
Scattered Clouds
89° wxIcon
Hi: 89° Lo: 66°
Feels Like: 91°
Indianapolis
Broken Clouds
89° wxIcon
Hi: 91° Lo: 71°
Feels Like: 89°
Rockville
Scattered Clouds
86° wxIcon
Hi: 90° Lo: 67°
Feels Like: 87°
Casey
Clear
90° wxIcon
Hi: 90° Lo: 68°
Feels Like: 91°
Brazil
Clear
90° wxIcon
Hi: 90° Lo: 68°
Feels Like: 91°
Marshall
Clear
90° wxIcon
Hi: 90° Lo: 67°
Feels Like: 91°
Hot Holiday Weekend
WTHI Planner
WTHI Temps
WTHI Radar

WTHI Events

 

Illinois Coronavirus Cases

(Widget updates once daily at 7 p.m. CT)

Confirmed Cases: 144013

Reported Deaths: 6951
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Cook909114581
Lake9752418
DuPage9083472
Kane7733271
Will6744320
Winnebago304695
McHenry206197
St. Clair1906136
Kankakee128565
Kendall96320
Madison94769
Rock Island94729
Champaign88012
Boone59521
DeKalb55818
Peoria49928
Sangamon43132
Jackson33219
Randolph2877
Stephenson2745
McLean26113
Ogle2614
Clinton23717
Macon23122
LaSalle21917
Union19119
Whiteside19115
Coles17017
Grundy1674
Iroquois1575
Warren1380
Tazewell1378
Knox1320
Cass1302
Morgan1283
Monroe12713
Williamson1204
Jefferson10717
McDonough10115
Lee972
Adams931
Henry881
Pulaski760
Marion660
Vermilion662
Perry541
Douglas520
Macoupin523
Unassigned500
Jasper467
Livingston452
Jo Daviess441
Montgomery441
Christian434
Jersey351
Ford331
Woodford332
Bureau292
Menard250
Fayette233
Alexander220
Franklin220
Mason220
Wabash220
Carroll212
Johnson200
Mercer200
Piatt200
Washington200
Hancock191
Crawford180
Moultrie180
Shelby181
Fulton150
Logan150
Clark140
Wayne141
Bond131
Massac130
Schuyler130
Cumberland120
Effingham121
Brown100
Edgar100
Greene90
Saline90
Henderson80
Marshall80
Lawrence70
De Witt60
Hamilton50
White50
Richland40
Stark30
Clay20
Edwards20
Gallatin20
Pike20
Calhoun10
Hardin10
Out of IL10
Pope10
Putnam10
Scott00

Indiana Coronavirus Cases

(Widget updates once daily at 8 p.m. ET)

Confirmed Cases: 46387

Reported Deaths: 2662
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Marion11434680
Lake4985241
Elkhart313343
Allen2695117
St. Joseph185766
Cass16369
Hamilton1502100
Hendricks1371100
Johnson1244118
Porter69037
Tippecanoe6598
Madison64363
Clark62744
Bartholomew58044
Howard55057
LaPorte54125
Kosciusko5003
LaGrange4646
Jackson4583
Vanderburgh4576
Noble45128
Delaware42949
Boone42743
Hancock42535
Marshall4183
Shelby41825
Floyd37044
Morgan32331
Montgomery29020
Grant28726
Clinton2812
Monroe26328
Dubois2616
White25910
Decatur24732
Henry23615
Lawrence23624
Vigo2278
Harrison20822
Warrick20729
Dearborn20622
Greene18432
Miami1802
Jennings16911
Putnam1658
DeKalb1594
Scott1557
Daviess13916
Orange13323
Wayne1296
Franklin1248
Steuben1242
Perry1239
Ripley1148
Jasper1132
Carroll1092
Wabash1092
Fayette967
Newton9610
Whitley814
Randolph774
Starke773
Huntington702
Wells681
Jay670
Fulton661
Jefferson661
Washington651
Knox630
Pulaski621
Clay594
Rush563
Benton480
Adams471
Gibson462
Owen451
Sullivan441
Brown381
Blackford372
Posey360
Spencer331
Tipton301
Crawford290
Fountain292
Switzerland260
Martin220
Parke220
Ohio140
Warren141
Union130
Vermillion130
Pike80
Unassigned0193