Rep. Steve King of Iowa responded today to the not guilty verdict in the Kate Steinle murder trial by accusing several of his black and Latino House colleagues of having “deified criminal illegal aliens” and fostered “an anti-white, anti-Western civilization culture.”
King spoke this morning with Curt Schilling, the host of the Breitbart radio program “Whatever It Takes” about the acquittal of an undocumented Mexican immigrant in the 2015 murder of Steinle, which became a touchstone for the anti-immigration movement.
Schilling insisted, “If the shooting happened in reverse, if it was a white, male legal citizen, he’d be in jail. I don’t question that for a second.” He then linked the verdict to the NFL “killing itself over statistics that are actually not true” and told King, “Liberals have gotten to a point that if you and I are for a border wall, we’re racist, and I’m not sure how the hell they managed to do that.”
“Well, I’ve watched it unfold,” King responded. “Sitting on the Judiciary Committee and the immigration and Constitution subcommittees now for 15 years, I’ve watched them maneuver themselves and posture. Maxine Waters, Sheila Jackson Lee, Bobby Scott, Luis Gutierrez, John Conyers, all those people I’ve sat with for 15 years and watched as they maneuver, I’ve watched them manufacture arguments about topics they knew nothing about until they settled on the position they thought was going to suit them politically.”
“And they have now deified criminal illegal aliens and there’s a pejoraty [sic] against white people in America. It’s an anti-white, anti-Western civilization culture that they are fostering,” he said.
King went on to lament that “Bill Clinton sliced and diced people with identity politics,” including by aiming to build a Cabinet that “looks like America.” He said that “Hillary studied under that” and “Barack Obama was the master of identity politics,” but Americans “had enough” of it so they elected Trump.
“I don’t want to see Americans pitted against each other,” King added, “I don’t want to see it based on race, ethnicity, national origin, sexual orientation, prosperity, religion or any other point. I want an America where we all have the same rights and we’re all subject to the same laws and we don’t look at each other and put it through the first filter of ‘which victims’ group are you a member of and now I have to walk around you because you have special rights.’”