— New York Post Metro (@nypmetro) October 25, 2018
Well *of course* when you put it that way it sounds bad https://t.co/wf09kDbYok
— Chris Hayes (@chrislhayes) October 25, 2018
Per the original story, in the Washington Post:
… In an interview with a website associated with the party, King (R-Iowa) declared that “Western civilization is on the decline,” spoke of the replacement of white Europeans by immigrants and criticized Hungarian American financier George Soros, who has backed liberal groups around the world.
King spoke to the Unzensuriert site Aug. 24 in Vienna, a day after concluding a five-day journey to Jewish and Holocaust historical sites in Poland, including the Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp. The trip, including airfare to and from Europe, was financed by From the Depths, an international nonprofit group that seeks to educate lawmakers about the Holocaust.
Unzensuriert, which translates as “Uncensored,” is a publication associated with Austria’s Freedom Party, which was founded by a former Nazi SS officer and is now led by Heinz-Christian Strache, who was active in neo-Nazi circles as a youth. While the party has distanced itself from those connections, it recently embraced a hard-line anti-immigration stance while seeking ties with other far-right parties and leaders abroad.
“What does this diversity bring that we don’t already have?” King said in the interview. “Mexican food, Chinese food, those things — well, that’s fine. But what does it bring that we don’t have that is worth the price? We have a lot of diversity within the U.S. already.”…
In an interview Thursday, King… accused his “political opposition” of “ginning this up” ahead of the Nov. 6 election…
In the earlier interview, King identified Soros as a force behind the “Great Replacement” — a notion promoted by far-right groups — and accused him of surreptitiously influencing U.S. elections and policymaking. “His money floats in in such a way you can’t see the flow,” King said, “but if you trace it back, you can connect it to his foundation.”
The “Great Replacement” theory is a view on the right that white Europeans are being replaced by minorities.
Criticism of Soros, who is Jewish, has frequently carried anti-Semitic overtones, and he is one of several figures linked to the Democratic Party who have been targeted with mail bombs intercepted in the United States this week.
On Thursday, King denounced the bombing attempts but declined to retract his criticism of Soros or acknowledge a possible link to anti-Semitism…
A different interview:
"King additionally said that white nationalist 'is a derogatory term today. I wouldn’t have thought so maybe a year, or two, or three ago. But today they use it in a derogatory term and they imply, it implies that you’re a racist.'”https://t.co/D8iD9jCuOM
— Mark Pitcavage (@egavactip) October 25, 2018
Tucker: "Structural racism" is against white people pic.twitter.com/1Pb9ct2tQ0
— Mad Online Peltz (@peltzmadeline) October 25, 2018
Back in February I argued against the faux sophistication that calls on us to ignore Trump’s inflammatory, demonizing, and dehumanizing language. Speech matters in politics, and when you set out to invert norms, it has consequences.https://t.co/tumlO8BbbH
— Jacob T. Levy (@jtlevy) October 25, 2018