Iowa Republican Rep. Steve King supports a wall to help protect our nation from illegal immigration. So do I. But his language and actions indicate more than a desire to protect this nation’s culture or borders. They express xenophobia and bigotry that should not be tolerated in the Republican party.

This was shown most recently in the New York Times.

“White nationalist, white supremacist, Western civilization — how did that language become offensive?” the Times alleged King said in an interview. “Why did I sit in classes teaching me about the merits of our history and our civilization?”

I’ve never heard of people being offended by the phrase “Western civilization,” but the evils of white nationalism and supremacy do not require a Ph.D. in history to grasp. This was not the first time he has indicated antipathy toward certain people groups. He endorsed a Toronto mayoral candidate with ties to neo-Nazis and met with an Austrian party which has minimized the Holocaust. (To add insult to injury, he met with these bigots on a trip being financed by a Holocaust memorial group. After touring Auschwitz, he gave an interview to Austria’s anti-Semitic “unzensuriert” publication.)

Please enjoy the rest of this article on the Daily Caller.

Image Credit: Gage Skidmore on Flickr

About The Author

Mark Meckler

Mark was a co-founder of the Tea Party Patriots, and served as the national coordinator. He left the organization to work more broadly on expanding the self-governance movement beyond the partisan divide. Mark appears regularly on television in outlets as diverse as MSNBC, ABC, NBC, Fox News, CNN, Bloomberg, Fox Business and the BBC. He’s highly sought after for the tea party perspective from print and electronic media outlets, from the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, L.A. Times, Washington Examiner, Politico and the The Hill. Mark blogs at, and his opinion editorials regularly run in many of the leading political newspapers both on and offline. Mark has a BA in English from San Diego State University and graduated with honors from University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law in 1988. He practiced real estate and business law for almost a decade. For the last eleven years of his legal career he specialized in Internet advertising law. When not fighting for the future of our nation, Mark is an avid horseman, and lives in rural northern California with his wife Patty and two children.