Tell your House Representative to censure Steve King, their Republican colleague from Iowa, for the flagrantly racist tweet he sent on Sunday.
King (not to be confused with the best-selling author–that guy lives in Maine, and his political tweets are largely progressive) is a piece of work. He’s questioned what non-white people have contributed to civilization. He sponsored the anti-abortion “heartbeat” bill. And on March 12, he fired off this fetid nugget of filth:
Wilders understands that culture and demographics are our destiny. We can’t restore our civilization with somebody else’s babies.
(King appears to be referencing Geert Wilders, a far-right Dutch politician.)
Twitter is pasting King from 31 different directions over this breathtakingly gross tweet, as it should.
Charlie Pierce (who you should read on Esquire.com and follow on Twitter, btw) summed it up when he tweeted:
This is the most purely racist thing said by a sitting congresscritter in at least 40 years. Should get him censured by the House.
Paul Begala, who counseled Bill Clinton when he was president, responded:
Amen, brother Pierce. Sadly, “should” is a long damn way from “will.”
You know what to do.
Sample script: “Dear (House Representative Lastname,) I am (Firstname, Lastname, from town, zip code), and I’m calling to ask you to censure your colleague Steve King. You might have heard about the racist tweet he sent on March 12–it was unspeakably disgusting and wrong at its core. No one, and especially not a sitting Congressman, should be able to make such pro-white supremacy statements without suffering swift and firm consequences. Please move to censure him.”
You can bet that when the time comes, OTYCD will let you know who steps forward to challenge him in 2018, and we’ll encourage you to support his opponent and flush him from office like the piece of human waste he is.
In the meantime, make those calls.
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