Jeb Bush: Steve King's comments don't 'reflect our shared history or values'

Jeb Bush: Steve King's comments don't 'reflect our shared history or values'
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Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush (R) on Monday fired back at Rep. Steve King's (R-Iowa) controversial comments on immigration, saying they don't "reflect our shared history or values."

"America is a nation of immigrants. The sentiment expressed by Steve King doesn't reflect our shared history or values," said Bush, a former presidential candidate who supports immigration reform and whose wife is a Mexican immigrant.

King sparked controversy Sunday with a tweet praising Dutch far-right politician Geert Wilders.

"Wilders understands that culture and demographics are our destiny. We can't restore our civilization with somebody else's babies," said King.

Other Florida Republicans have also joined the fray, asking King to clarify his comments.

"What exactly do you mean? Do I qualify as 'somebody else's baby?' #concernedGOPcolleague," tweeted Rep. Carlos Curbelo (R-Fla.) Sunday night. Curbelo is the son of Cuban exiles.

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King defended his tweet Monday, saying he would "like to see an America that's just so homogenous that we look a lot the same."

Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.) responded to that comment, telling King to "get a clue."

"Get a clue, @SteveKingIA. Diversity is our strength. All looking alike is such a waste. A travesty. I wanna be me. All others are taken," she said.