A group called From the Depths, whose leader mistakenly believes that it isn’t a concentration camp unless they’re killing the people in it, reacted to Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’ statement that our immigrant detention centers are concentration camps by inviting her to visit Auschwitz-Birkenau, Mauthausen and Majdanek death camps with a woman who survived the holocaust. Rep. Steve King (R-acist) decided to chime in and AOC shut him down fast.
Mr. King, the Republican Party literally stripped you of your Congressional committee assignments because you were too racist even for them.
My Jewish constituents have made clear to me that they proudly stand w/ caged children who are starved, denied sleep & sanitation.
Bye �� https://t.co/TQkaPEESoD
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) June 23, 2019
Now here’s the real irony. After King visited those Nazi death camps (death camps are a subset of concentration camps, not the exclusive definition of them), he went to Austria where he met with a bunch of far-right nationalists, including giving an interview to an anti-Semitic publication about how “they” are trying to replace white people in America with brown people:
It was on Aug. 24, the day after the events in Poland concluded, that King visited Austria and gave a lengthy interview to Caroline Sommerfeld, editor of the far-right website unzensuriert, which Austrian intelligence services reportedly concluded “promoted anti-Semitism and extreme xenophobia.” The publication is tied to the Austrian far-right Freedom Party, which was founded by a former Nazi officer and is currently run by a man who was previously affiliated with neo-Nazis.In the interview, King espoused white nationalist talking points—including fears that Western people are being replaced by “other people’s babies”—and accused Jewish billionaire and Holocaust survivor George Soros of funding women’s rights protests in the U.S…
King has aligned himself with white nationalist ideas for years, but recent events have put his extremism in the spotlight. The representative went out of his way on Oct. 16 to endorse a white nationalist for mayor of Toronto, and he has retweeted neo-Nazi Twitter accounts in the past.
The white supremacist (I refuse to use the fake term white nationalist) he endorsed was Faith Goldy. The Anti-Defamation League pointed out her record of promoting Nazi and white supremacist views — and his as well.
Rep. Steve King has a long history of amplifying white supremacists in the U.S. Now he's moved on to Canada, endorsing Faith Goldy, the Toronto mayoral candidate who has proudly recited the white supremacist “14 words” slogan. This is disgraceful. https://t.co/Y4jsaS7k2b
— ADL (@ADL) October 17, 2018
Steve King is the very last person who should have opened his mouth about this. Okay, maybe David Duke or Andrew Anglin would be worse. But King is a Congressman, for crying out loud.