Republican congressman Steve King has defended a comment that many believed was racist, saying he wanted see to “America that’s just so homogenous that we look a lot the same”
The Iowa congressman sparked a storm of controversy over the weekend when he retweeted a tweet celebrating right-wing, anti-Muslim politician Geert Wilders.
“Wilders understands that culture and demographics are our destiny. We can’t restore our civilization with somebody else’s babies,” said Mr King.
The comments triggered outcry with everyone from Chelsea Clinton to Bill Kristol, denouncing the remark.
The chairman of Iowa’s Republican Party also condemned the comment.
“First of all, I do not agree with Congressman King’s statement. We are a nation of immigrants, and diversity is the strength of any nation and any community,” said Jeff Kaufmann.
But Mr King defended what he had said. Appearing on CNN on Monday morning, he said: “Well, of course I meant exactly what I said.”