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  • Republican Rep. Steve King spoke out against
    multiculturalism and diversity in tweets on Friday, saying that
    diversity is not “our American strength.” 
  • His remarks drew backlash on social media. Iowa’s
    Democratic Party called on the state’s governor to remove him
    from her campaign committee. 
  • This is not the first time King has made controversial
    comments about immigration and American culture.

Iowa Rep. Steve King is no fan of multiculturalism. On
Friday, the Republican congressman took to Twitter to reject the
idea that diversity is good for American society. 

“Assimilation has become a dirty word to the
multiculturalist Left. Assimilation, not diversity, is our
American strength,” King said. 

In another tweet, King quoted Hungarian Prime Minister
Victor Orban, an outspoken critic of allowing
Middle Eastern refugees into Hungary.  

“Diversity is not our strength. Hungarian Prime Minister
Victor Orban, ‘Mixing cultures will not lead to a higher quality
of life but a lower one,'” King tweeted.

King’s tweets drew immediate backlash from people on
Twitter. 

Even the Democratic Party of Iowa chimed in, calling on Iowa Gov.
Kim Reynolds to remove King from her campaign staff.

Governor Reynolds needs to do the right thing for the
people of Iowa and immediately remove Steve King from her
campaign committee,” the tweet said. 

This is not the first time King, who has represented Iowa’s
4th district since 2003, has generated backlash for controversial
tweets. In March, King tweeted support for far-right
Dutch politician Geert Wilders. 

“Wilders understands that culture and demographics are our
destiny,” King said. “We can’t restore our civilization with
somebody else’s babies.”

In 2013, King took issue with the idea that Mexican immigrants
benefitted the US on the whole during an interview on Fox News,
arguing that “for every one who’s a valedictorian, there’s
another hundred out there who weigh 130 pounds, and they’ve got
calves the size of cantaloupes because they’re hauling 75 pounds
of marijuana across the desert.” 

Orban, an early support of President Donald Trump, has
repeatedly attacked what he sees as the European Union’s
pro-refugee position, and he aligns himself with Trump’s “America
First” rhetoric. 

“This is a great thing, a great freedom and a great gift,”
Orban said of Trump’s
immigration stance shortly after the US president’s inauguration
in January. 

Orban and his party are also behind a propaganda campaign in
Hungary to smear billionaire George Soros. He has dubbed efforts
to settle refugees within the EU block the “Soros plan” and paid
for billboards across the country attacking Soros. 

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