Ana Navarro: Steve King ‘so damn gross’

GOP strategist Ana NavarroAna Violeta NavarroWhoopi Goldberg scolds Meghan McCain during impeachment debate: 'Please stop talking' Trump-Rocky photo explodes on social media: 'Mastered the art of drunk-tweeting, sober' Ana Navarro clashes with Rand Paul in fiery exchange: 'Don't mansplain!' MORE on Monday blasted Rep. Steve KingSteven (Steve) Arnold KingWith surge in anti-Semitism, political leaders need to be aggressive and reflective in response Steve King challenger: 2020 Democrats have 'huge' opportunity to win over rural America Author sues NY Times after it calls him a 'white nationalist' MORE (R-Iowa), arguing his controversial tweet the day before is the latest in a line of inflammatory remarks.


King tweeted a contentious message Sunday with a cartoon depicting far-right Dutch politician Geert Wilders plugging a hole in a wall labeled “Western Civilization.” The image shows bearded protesters behind the wall holding signs that say "Infidels, Know Your Limits” and “Freedom of Speech Can Go to Hell.”

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

Democrats quickly cast King’s post as racist, leading the Iowa lawmaker to defend his comments during a Monday morning appearance on CNN.

“Well, of course I met exactly what I said,” he told host Chris Cuomo on  “New Day." "It’s a clear message.”

“We need to get our birthrates up or Europe will be entirely transformed within half a century or a little more,” King added. "And Geert Wilders knows that and that’s part of his campaign and part of his agenda.

“Western civilization [is a] superior civilization. I’d like to see an American that’s just so homogenous that we look a lot the same, from that perspective.”

King’s statements sparked  backlash from multiple Republicans, with Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (Fla.) urging him to “get a clue.” 

“Diversity is our strength,” tweeted Ros-Lehtinen, who is Cuban-American, on Monday. "All looking alike is such a waste. A travesty. I wanna be me. All others are taken.”

Rep. Carlos Curbelo (R-Fla.), who is the son of Cuban immigrants, has also repeatedly challenged King since Sunday to explain if he qualifies as “somebody else’s baby.”