Steve King: 'Hispanics and the blacks will be fighting each other' before whites become minority
© Greg Nash

Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) pushed back against the notion that minority groups will one day surpass whites in the American population, saying that Hispanics and blacks "will be fighting each other before that happens."

During an interview with radio host Jan Mickelson on 1040 WHO in Iowa, King was asked about comments made by Univision anchor Jorge Ramos last week on Fox News that whites are on track to become a minority in the U.S. by 2044.

"Jorge Ramos's stock in trade is identifying and trying to drive wedges between race," King told Iowa radio host Jan Mickelson on 1040 WHO. "Race and ethnicity, I should say to be more correct. When you start accentuating the differences, then you start ending up with people that are at each other's throats.

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"He's adding up Hispanics and blacks into what he predicts will be in greater number than whites in America. I will predict that Hispanics and the blacks will be fighting each other before that happens."

The interview was first reported by CNN.

King came under fire on Sunday after tweeting that, "we can't restore our civilization with somebody else's babies."

He doubled-down on that rhetoric during an appearance on CNN on Monday, saying he wants a more "homogenous" United States.

King addressed those claims during his radio interview Tuesday, saying that "growing elements in America" are out to destroy Western civilization and that reproduction was necessary to rebuild it.

"If we care about our stock, our country, our culture, our civilization — we need to have enough babies to replace ourselves and hopefully grow," he said.

The congressman's remarks were denounced by several Republicans in Congress.