Iowa congressman Steve King retweets prominent British neo-Nazi

Republican lawmaker appears to endorse anti-immigration post by Mark Collett, a self-proclaimed fan of Adolf Hitler

Rep. Steve King (R-IA) speaks in Des Moines, Iowa on January 23, 2014. (Charlie Niebergall/ AP)
Rep. Steve King (R-IA) speaks in Des Moines, Iowa on January 23, 2014. (Charlie Niebergall/ AP)

Republican congressman Steve King on Tuesday retweeted an anti-immigration post from a well-known British neo-Nazi.

“Europe is waking up… Will America… in time?” King, a Representative from Iowa, tweeted on Tuesday, linking to an anti-immigration tweet from Mark Collett.

Collett is one of Britain’s most high-profile white nationalists and is a self-proclaimed Nazi sympathizer.

He is the former chairman of the youth division of the British National Party, a British ultra-nationalist political movement. Collett was ousted from his party in 2010 over an alleged plot to murder the BNP’s-then leader. He was questioned by police and released on bail.

Collett has previously expressed admiration for Adolf Hitler, called AIDS a “friendly disease because blacks, drug users and gays have it” and referred to asylum seekers as “cockroaches.”

In a 2002 documentary called “Young, Nazi and Proud,” Collett said: “The Jews have been thrown out of every country, including England. Let’s face it, when it happens that many times it’s not just persecution: there’s no smoke without fire.”

Collett is also a frequent guest on the radio show of David Duke, a former Ku Klux Klan leader.

Tuesday’s tweet was not the first time King has stirred controversy for making controversial statements. The congressman has previously said the US should not apologize for slavery, questioned the birthplace of former US President Barack Obama and declared white civilizations to be superior to all others.

In March 2017, King came under fire for saying that America can’t restore “our civilization with somebody else’s babies” and warning of a liberal effort to destroy Western civilization through immigration.

In December of that year, King tweeted a link to an article quoting Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban saying that “mixing cultures will not lead to a higher quality of life but a lower one.” King repeated Orban’s quote, adding his own comment: “diversity is not our strength.”

King’s office did not respond to multiple requests for comment by Huffpost on Tuesday.

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