Rep. Steve King (R-IA) is in trouble with the Political Correctness Commissars and the usual cowardly Republicans etc.—not for the first (or even the tenth) time—because of his Sunday tweet: “[Dutch anti-immigration politician Geert] Wilders understands that culture and demographics are our destiny. We can’t restore our civilization with somebody else’s babies.” Of course what King said is entirely defensible. But the paroxysms he has provoked says gigabytes about our post-American political class.
In his harrumphing interrogation of King on CNN Monday morning, Chris Cuomo said: “It seemed like… you were trying to say someone else’s babies means you’re either white or you’re not right. As you know, that is anathema to what America is all about.”
“Anathema to what America is all about”? This is nonsense as a matter of historical fact.
Nations are ethno-cultural entities—neither completely ethnic nor completely the other. Rep. King (who is Catholic) could quite legitimately have argued that, yes, I certainly meant there’s a white ethnic core to America and there’s a limit to how far that can be displaced.
But, it’s vital to note, King did not actually do that in his post-tweet CNN interview with Chris Cuomo. Instead, he made a purely cultural argument:
It’s the culture, not the blood. If you can go anywhere in the world and adopt these babies and put them into households that were already assimilated in America, those babies will grow up as American as any other baby with as much patriotism and love of country as any other baby.
So King in fact apparently does think “that our civilization” can be restored “with somebody else’s babies”—if they’re assimilated (which, of course, is notoriously hard to do).
But the underlying issue: so what? Why this pathological (and in this case misplaced) hostility to the idea that whites have rights in the U.S.?
It all goes back to Tucker Carlson’s famous FOX interview with Univision Anchor Jorge Ramos. Ramos said:
The interesting thing is with the Trump administration and many people who support Donald Trump they think it is their country, that it is a white country and they are absolutely wrong.… Look in 2044, the white population will become a minority, it will be a minority-majority country, that is precisely what I’m saying. Latinos, Asians, African-Americans, whites, it is our country, Tucker.
Let’s say this would definitely have been… news to the Founding Fathers. But what did they know?