By Michael Houltt
Neo-Nazi organization the National White Alliance has praised Iowa Rep. Steve King for his recent criticism of diversity.
King recently drew flak for saying, “Diversity is not our strength.” He also quoted far-right Hungarian prime minister Viktor Orban, who said “mixing cultures will not lead to a higher quality of life but a lower one.”
“Steve King deserves praise for his candor,” said National White Alliance President Brian Blanc. “He’s one of the few politicians brave enough to stand up for the rights of downtrodden white people.”
Blanc also urged King to run for president in 2024 to keep the “Make America Great Again” idea alive. King was praised by David Duke, who also called on him to run for president.
King often makes racist statements. He has suggested most Mexican migrants were drug dealers and once said that no race had achieved more than white people.
According to the Huffington Post, King’s rhetoric falls in line with other white supremacists.
“Steve King is basically an open white nationalist at this point,” said Andrew Anglin, publisher of the neo-Nazi site the Daily Stormer.
Heidi Beirich, director of the Southern Poverty Law Center’s Intelligence Project, said it was clear where King stands.
“(Steve King) clearly is a racist who shares some views with white nationalists on things like immigrants for example,” said Beirich.
King was also lambasted by fellow Republican Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.)
“Very little that I can do about people who speak ignorantly, and you just have to call it for what it is, number one,” said Scott on NBC’s “Meet The Press.” “Number two, the bottom line is both when Steve King and Tim Scott arrived in this country, we were actually creating diversity because the Native Americans were already here. So that is just a ridiculous statement.”