In September, Representative Steve King (R-Iowa) gave an interview to Unzensuriert, a far-right, Islamaphobic, anti-refugee Austrian propaganda site with links to the neo-fascist identitarian movement. His interview came after an August trip to Auschwitz to “further talks and debate” on the Holocaust.
Rep. King leaned on white nationalist talking points in his interview, notably the idea that immigration is a “great replacement,” bringing in people of other cultures King characterized as inherently violent and dangerous.
“The US subtracts from its population a million of our babies in the form of abortion. We add to our population approximately 1.8 million of ‘somebody else’s babies’ who are raised in another culture before they get to us. We are replacing our American culture 2 to 1 every year,” he said. “If we continue to abort our babies and import a replacement for them in the form of young violent men, we are supplanting our culture, our civilization.”
Update on this story by @alexkotch: @SteveKingIA gave that Nazi interview right after visiting Auschwitz, "to further talks and debate on issues pertaining to the Holocaust."https://t.co/5v6EgMG8g4 pic.twitter.com/wChTXo5THk
— Eli Valley (@elivalley) October 25, 2018
King pulled no punches in his views on abortion and immigration, and defended hate speech.
“How can a civilization avoid a slow motion cultural suicide if one can’t even utter the truth?”
King wouldn’t have opened up like this with mainstream reporters, according to Roger Griffin, an expert on fascism and modern history at Oxford Brookes University. He needed someone like Caroline Sommerfeld, the interviewer at Unzensuriert, who understood his perspective.
“With her, who is obviously steeped in this stuff, he just opens up because he knows he’s going to be understood,” he said. “This interview reveals a whole new level of reality underneath this guy’s politics.”
King is not likely to be unaware of Unzensuriert’s radical fascist nature. The site is connected to the Austrian far-right Freedom Party, with its former editor-in-chief now head of communications for the Freedom Party-controlled Interior Ministry. King celebrated Trump’s inauguration with the Freedom Party.
Austrian Freedom Party leadership MP's here to celebrate Trump inauguration. Hofer, Strache, Karlsboeck w/King, Blackburn, Bachmann, etc. pic.twitter.com/Hdb86Tzg4q
— Steve King (@SteveKingIA) January 19, 2017
King also used classic Nazi talking points about wealthy Jews transforming the culture — in the form of Holocaust survivor and liberal financier George Soros — who received an explosive from the MAGA Bomber earlier this week.
“They told me Soros is operating in 60 different countries. There needs to be an antidote to Soros. I’m not a big money guy, I’m not sitting on billions of dollars. But I have a voice and I have a network of people,” said King. “So how do we produce the antidote to what George Soros is doing? This idea of secular liberalism is eroding away and assaulting our civilization.”
Violence against the Jewish community was brought into sharp focus Saturday by an attack on a Pennsylvania synagogue.
At the end of the interview, Sommerfeld praised King’s outlook.
“Your vision is really a metapolitical one: a project to restore Western Civilization for the world,” she said.
Katelyn Kivel is a contributing editor and senior legal reporter for Grit Post in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Follow her on Twitter @KatelynKivel.