President Trump Tuesday rejected comments by Republican Rep. Steve King of Iowa that America “can’t restore our civilization with somebody else’s babies.”
“This is not a point of view that he shares,” White House press secretary Sean Spicer said of the president. “He believes that he’s president for all Americans.”
Mr. King, a vocal advocate against illegal immigration, tweeted Sunday, “We can’t restore our civilization with somebody else’s babies.”
He said later on CNN that he “meant exactly what I said.”
“You cannot rebuild your civilization with somebody else’s babies,” Mr. King said. “You’ve got to keep your birth rate up, and that you need to teach your children your values.”
On Monday, Mr. King said he wasn’t making a statement about race but rather about immigration and culture when he posted the controversial tweet. Mr. King told The Washington Times that his point was the U.S. needs to focus on assimilating those it brings to the country, not on excluding everyone else.
“Any culture — not race, but culture — any culture that doesn’t care enough about itself to reproduce itself shall become extinct,” he said in an interview, saying he was “absolutely and specifically” referring to Western civilization.
He said the U.S. a “good and long history” of successfully assimilating immigrant groups into American culture, and said it’s possible to do so regardless of where people are born or their race.
“But we gave up on that about 25 years ago and began to worship at the altar of multiculturalism and diversity and encourage the differences rather than encourage the unity,” he said.