White supremacist Rep. Steve King has outdone himself this time.
Just days after a white supremacist murdered 50 Muslims in New Zealand with a gun, the openly white supremacist Rep. Steve King (R-IA) decided it would be a good time to share a meme celebrating gun violence and fantasizing about a second civil war in America.
On Saturday, King posted an image to his Facebook page depicting U.S. "red states" and "blue states" arranged into the form of two human figures fighting each other (with the red one punching the blue one in the gut).
"Folks keep talking about another civil war," the caption read. "One side has about 8 trillion bullets, while the other side doesn't know which bathroom to use."
King posted the meme with his own comment: "Wonder which side would win...." and added a winking emoji. (King seems not to have noticed that his own state of Iowa was included in the losing "blue state" part of the meme.)
The man who opened fire on two New Zealand mosques wrote a manifesto that included white supremacist conspiracy theories about how minorities will "replace" whites.
King often uses the same kind of rhetoric. He tweeted in 2017, "We can't restore our civilization with somebody else's babies."
King's celebration of violence also comes shortly after Trump made yet another comment that could be an incitement to violence. Trump ominously said that his right-wing supporters, including police and members of the military, could make things "very bad" for his political opponents.
King has repeatedly expressed sympathy with neo-Nazis and white supremacist movements in Europe, yet he remained a member of the GOP caucus in good standing for many years.
It wasn't until recently — when King made his bigotry too obvious to ignore by telling the New York Times that he didn't understand why white nationalism or white supremacy are controversial — that his party reluctantly took action against him by stripping him of his House committee assignments.
You might think that after this rebuke, King might lay low for a while and avoid inciting violence or reminding people of his racist hatred.
You would be wrong.
Published with permission of The American Independent.