On Monday, Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) reiterated a sentiment he shared in a tweet in which he praised a controversial Dutch politician who commented about culture and demographics.
King tweeted that right-wing prime minister candidate Geert Wilders "understands that culture and demographics are our destiny."
"We can't restore our civilization with someone else's babies," King continued, sparking criticism from both sides of the American political aisle.
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
King said on "Tucker Carlson Tonight" that he did not misspeak when he nodded to Wilders, who has criticized Muslim immigration in Europe.
"All of western civilization has gone down below the replacement rate [of population]... with the exception of Israel," King said.
He said that the "vacuum" created by that situation will otherwise "be filled by people who don't believe in our values here in Western civilization."
"A nation-state needs to have a sense of a common history and common culture," he said, pointing to recent public demonstrations "pushing back against American civilization."
King said liberals like President Obama helped phase out the promotion of assimilation in favor of diversity, which they used to divide the population.
However, King clarified his original tweet, saying he made no mention of race and did not intend for his message to be taken in a racial way.
He said he meant to and only did mention "culture and civilization."
"We are all God's children. We are all created in his image," King said, adding that the political left is the group who often characterizes situations by race.