Iowa’s GOP Rep. Steve King, who has a long history of promoting white nationalism, has come under fire for suggesting on social media that Republicans would defeat Democrats in a violent civil war. That came against the backdrop of a devastating white supremacist mass shooting in New Zealand and Donald Trump bragging about his “tough” supporters.
King shared a Facebook post on Saturday that said red states would beat blue states in a fight because of the huge number of gun owners in states that vote Republican, according to CNN.
“Wonder who would win…,” King commented while sharing the Facebook post.
It added a smirk emoji, suggesting that the answer was a no-brainer.
“Folks keep talking about another civil war… One side has about 8 trillion bullets, while the other side doesn’t know which bathroom to use,” the caption stated.
In January, Republicans finally criticized King in a loosely worded resolution against white supremacy that didn’t name him specifically. Advocating violence and white supremacy can have deadly results. Several violent white supremacists who are Trump supporters have either launched attacks or were caught before they could take any lives.
In recent days, the president has also had political violence on his mind. On Thursday night, he tweeted a link to his interview with Breitbart News that was removed by Friday morning when people around the world woke up to news of the New Zealand mosque attacks the resulted in at least 50 deaths.
“I can tell you I have the support of the police, the support of the military, the support of the Bikers for Trump – I have the tough people, but they don’t play it tough — until they go to a certain point, and then it would be very bad, very bad,” the president told the conservative news outlet.
Trump also came under fire on Sunday morning talk shows for downplaying white supremacist violence.
“I don’t really,” Trump said in the Oval Office Friday when asked if he saw white nationalism as a rising threat around the world. “I think it’s a small group of people that have very, very serious problems, I guess. If you look what happened in New Zealand, perhaps that’s the case. I don’t know enough about it yet…But it’s certainly a terrible thing.”
Acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney said Sunday that President Trump “is not a white supremacist” and attempts to tie him to the mosque shooter are “absurd,” he said on “Fox News Sunday.”
Yet, Trump kicked off his 2016 presidential campaign at Trump Tower with an appeal to white nationalism. White supremacists quickly embraced Trump who said in his speech that Mexicans who entered the United States illegally as criminals and rapists. His racially divisive rhetoric has continued into his presidency.