David Duke Praises Steve King’s White Nationalist Tweet

"Just in case you were thinking about moving," Duke tweeted, "sanity reigns supreme in Iowa's 4th congressional district."

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Steve King poses with the German nationalist politician Frauke Petry, center, and far-right Dutch lawmaker Geert Wilders. Photo: Twitter

Holocaust denier and former Ku Klux Klan Imperial Wizard David Duke praised Iowa Congressman Steve King on Twitter today after King approvingly tweeted about Geert Wilders, the nationalist leader of the Netherlands’ far-right Party for Freedom, with a racist message reading, “We can’t restore our civilization with somebody else’s babies.”

Sharing King’s tweet, Duke added a note encouraging people to move to Iowa’s 4th Congressional District, which includes Ames and much of deep-red western Iowa, and where Duke said “sanity reigns supreme.” The ex-Klansman added the pro-Trump hashtag #MakeAmericaGreatAgain:

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An hour later, Duke tweeted a link to a Hill write-up of King’s statement, adding, “GOD BLESS STEVE KING!!!” and the popular alt-right hashtag #TruthRISING.

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Riding a tide of anti-Islam sentiment, Wilder is running neck-in-neck in Wednesday’s election to be the next prime minister of the Netherlands.

King knows Wilders personally. Last September, King tweeted a similar message about “culture suicide by demographic transformation” with a photo of himself posing with Wilders and his far-right German counterpart Frauke Petry. King has also recently met with leaders of Austria’s far-right Freedom Party, which was founded in the 1950s by former Nazis.

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Gavin Aronsen is an editor and reporter for and founding member of the Iowa Informer. He previously worked as a city reporter for the Ames Tribune, research assistant to investigative journalist Wayne Barrett at the Village Voice, and in various roles at Mother Jones, where his work contributed to a National Magazine Award nomination for the magazine's digital media coverage of the Occupy Wall Street movement. Email: garonsen [at] iowainformer [dot] com.