Rep. Steve King (R-IA) has become the latest victim of the left-wing smear machine, and they’re going after him the way they love to go after Republicans: By accusing him of being an incorrigible racist. King has made himself a target by being a stalwart defender of Western Civilization, a determined opponent of radical Islam, and a triumphant supporter of tough border security. These factors alone make him a “racist” in the eyes of the left, but they knew they needed something big to really take him down. So the New York Times interviewed him, cherry-picked a quote out of context, and presto, they got what they wanted.
“White nationalist, white supremacist, Western civilization — how did that language become offensive? Why did I sit in classes teaching me about the merits of our history and our civilization?” King supposedly told the Times.
Now either one of two things are true here. Either King decided an interview with The New York Times would be the perfect time to out himself as a Klan member and commit career suicide in one fell swoop…or, the Times got it wrong.
According to King, the answer is the latter. He explained – in quite convincing detail – that the “how did that language become offensive” part ONLY referred to the term “Western civilization.” Of course it did, because as he pointed out, no schoolchildren anywhere sit in classes learning about the “merits” of white nationalism.
But his explanation wasn’t enough. Republicans removed him from his committees, threatened to censure him, and called for him to be kicked out of Congress altogether. Several courageous newspapers called on him to resign. No one spoke up in his defense.
In an interview with the Tyler Morning Telegraph, Rep. Louis Gohmert (R-TX) said that King was getting a bad rap.
“He explained what he was saying,” Gohmert said. “He was talking about Western civilization, that, ‘When did Western civilization become a negative?’ and that’s a fair question. When did Western civilization become a negative?
“We have the only country that I’m aware of that would shed its most valuable treasure —American blood — for freedom, not for hegemony, just for freedom,” Gohmert continued. “There’s never been a group that’s been more philanthropic than American citizens. That was a fair question — when did Western civilization become a negative?”
About his beleaguered friend, Gohmert said: “He was not given due process. And, in fact, if our minority leader (Kevin) McCarthy had gotten the same lack of due process against him previously, I can assure you he would not have been majority leader and he would not now be minority leader.”
This guy gets it. It’s too bad there aren’t more within the Republican Party who possess half this much spine.