Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa), a conservative known for making inflammatory statements, came under fire Sunday for the commentary he attached to a tweet about far-right Dutch politician Geert Wilders.
King retweeted a message from an account labeled Voice of Europe, which labels itself as a "news/media" organization on Facebook but does not appear to be affiliated with the government-funded Voice of America broadcasting service.
The post the Iowa congressman shared Sunday shows an image of Wilders plugging a hole in a wall labeled “Western Civilization” as bearded protesters behind him hold signs that say, “Infidels, Know Your Limits” and “Freedom of Speech Go To Hell.”
Wilders understands that culture and demographics are our destiny. We can't restore our civilization with somebody else's babies. https://t.co/4nxLipafWO— Steve King (@SteveKingIA) March 12, 2017
“Hundreds of Islamists shouting ‘Allahu Akbar’ in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. Wilders is right for over 10 years. #turkijerel,” reads the Voice of Europe tweet.
The tweets follow reports that the far-right, anti-Islam and ant-immigrant Wilders, who has been referred to as the “Dutch Donald TrumpDonald TrumpBill Kristol: Trump praising China's leader ‘embarrassing’ Trump stands to win big on tax reform, but a trade war with Canada could change everything Tillerson on North Korea: 'Our goal is not regime change' MORE” is polling in second place ahead of the national elections.
King met with Wilders late last year.
Many on social media chided King's comment and questioned if he was invoking “white nationalist” sentiments.
Former KKK leader David Duke liked the tweet by the Iowa Republican.
David Duke is praising Steve King's white nationalist comments. pic.twitter.com/I0nuIRYtZP— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) March 12, 2017