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The Rise Of The European Far Right

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A High-Ranking Republican Congressman Is Hanging Out With European Racists And Getting Retweets From KKK Leaders

A rallying cry of white nationalists like the KKK and the global neo-Nazi movement is that immigration should be restricted because immigrants will change the demographics and the culture of the US or Western European countries -- and immigrants breed.

So many were shocked when Republican Representative Steve King, who has been one of Iowa's congressmen since 2003, echoed one of these talking points in Tweets that praised two far-right anti-immigrant European politicians who are running for office, Geert Wilders from the Netherlands and from Germany Frauke Petry:

As Think Progress notes, this is not the first time King has shown his appreciation for the European far-right:

He’s hobnobbed with the leaders of hardline anti-immigrant parties across Western and Central Europe. He’s touted his “friendship” with Norbert Hofer, the 2016 Austrian presidential candidate for the Freedom Party, which was founded in 1956 by a former Nazi officer. And he’s made no secret of his support for French presidential candidate Marine Le Pen, leader of the nativist party National Front.

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Rep. Steve King: 'We can't restore our civilization with somebody else's babies.'

He's hobnobbed with the leaders of hardline anti-immigrant parties across Western and Central Europe. He's touted his "friendship" with Norbert Hofer, the 2016 Austrian presidential candidate for the...

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King was questioned by CNN's Chris Cuomo about his comments, but King doubled down:

"You cannot rebuild your civilization with somebody else's babies. You've got to keep your birth rate up, and that you need to teach your children your values," King said, paraphrasing remarks he said he's delivered to audiences in Europe. "In doing so, you can grow your population, you can strengthen your culture, and you can strengthen your way of life."

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"I'm a champion for Western civilization," King said, adding that all people do not contribute to American society equally. "They contribute differently to our culture and civilization."
King said differences had nothing to do with their humanity, but their backgrounds: "It's the culture, not the blood. If you could go anywhere in the world and adopt these little babies and put them into households that were already assimilated into America, those babies will grow up as American as any other baby."


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King doubles down on controversial 'babies' tweet

King, a powerful Iowa Republican and a vocal advocate against illegal immigration, tweeted Sunday, "We can't restore our civilization with somebody else's babies." Asked by CNN's Chris Cuomo on "New Day" to clarify his comments, King said he "meant exactly what I said." "You cannot rebuild your civilization with somebody else's babies.

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Still, while King tried to downplay the racial undertones to his statements, David Duke, the former Grand Wizard of the KKKK (Knights of the Ku Klux Klan), tweeted out his own endorsement of King's sentiments:
Interestingly, many Americans may be unaware the the far-right movement has direct ties to the Russian government. In fact, the Russian government is openly supportive of far-right anti-EU political parties. In particular, one of the fathers of contemporary nationalism, Alexander Dugin, has strong ties to Russian President Vladimir Putin, the Ruyssian war in Eastern Ukraine, and the American racist who coined the term "alt right" -- Richard Spencer:
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Meet the Moscow Mouthpiece Married to a Racist Alt-Right Boss

Unholy Union She spreads the words of Russia's most virulent propagandist. He's a leading racist hate-monger. Nina Kouprianova and Richard Spencer are a very different kind of power couple. Nina Kouprianova is not a member of the racist alt-right. At least, that's what she'll say when you ask her.

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It may be no coincidence, then, that in between praising Steve King, David Duke also praised Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, who has killed more than a half-million of his own citizens, most of whom are Muslims:
Though neo-Nazi groups support Wilders, sometimes his racist rhetoric has gone too far and alienated voters. As a result, "alt-right" white-supremacy ultranationalists leaders have been hard at work to rebrand their ideological movement. But while they don't like being called Nazis, but they have no problem throwing that term around, especially when it comes to disparaging entire religions:
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Geert Wilders compares Islam to Nazism in Dutch TV interview

THE HAGUE, THE NETHERLANDS - Dutch right-wing politician Geert Wilders compared Islam with Nazism during a television interview with journalist Rick Nieman.

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Europe Has Witnessed A Wave Of Far-Right Politicians. Will They Ultimately Succeed?

Will Europe's Far-Right Populists Come Out on Top?

The Atlantic Council promotes constructive leadership and engagement in international affairs based on the central role of the Atlantic Community in meeting global challenges. Founded in 1961, the Council provides an essential forum for navigating the dramatic shifts in economic and political influence that are shaping the twenty-first century by educating and galvanizing its uniquely influential, nonpartisan network of international political, business, and intellectual leaders.

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Marine Le Pen could still win the French Presidential election - here's how

Marine le Pen cannot be ruled out of the French Presidential election any longer, experts have claimed. Analysts have suggested that fresh scandals, unrest or terror threats would be necessary to push the Front National candidate to victory. Bruno Cautres, from the Cevipof think tank, told The Local: "Six months ago the possibility of her winning was zero.

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If they do win, expect bad times ahead:
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Analysis | 'It will be a total disaster' if Marine Le Pen wins the French election, says France's U.S. envoy

Want smart analysis of the most important news in your inbox every weekday along with other global reads, interesting ideas and opinions to know? Sign up for the Today's WorldView newsletter . Gérard Araud, France's highly regarded ambassador to the United States, didn't mince words when I asked him what would happen if Marine Le Pen won the country's upcoming presidential election.

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