Blacks and Hispanics will be “fighting each other” before they overtake the white population in the United States, Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) said in a radio interview Monday.
During a segment with WHO newsradio 1040 Monday, King discussed a recent interview with Fox News’ Tucker Carlson and journalist Jorge Ramos in which Ramos predicted that the white population in the U.S. will become a minority by 2044.
King told radio host Jan Mickelson that Ramos is “identifying and trying to drive wedges between race” and ethnicity.
“When you start accentuating the differences, then you end up with people that are at each others’ throats,” King said. “And 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 blacks will be fighting each other before that happens.”
A commercial break was called immediately after King’s comments.
King recently came under fire for a tweet in which he said, “We can’t restore our civilization with somebody else’s babies.”
King told CNN’s Chris Cuomo Monday that his tweet was “not about race” but about “culture.”
King told Mickelson Monday that he would “not at all” change anything about his controversial tweets and plans on “putting some more out” in the near future.
But King’s tweet garnered condemnation from those in his own party, including Iowa GOP chair Jeff Kaufmann.
“First of all, I do not agree with Congressman King’s statement. We are a nation of immigrants and diversity is the strength of any nation and any community,” Kaufmann said in a statement Monday.