Over the past few months, Rep. Steve King (R-IA) has promoted propaganda from white supremacists and Nazi sympathizers while receiving little pushback from GOP leadership. Long known for his extremist positions on immigration and other social issues, King has lately ripped away any facade and revealed his embrace of white nationalism and fascism, seemingly comfortable that he’ll experience no political fallout within his own party.
It is within that backdrop we witnessed the Iowa lawmaker take to social media Tuesday night to toss his endorsement to a white supremacist running for office.
Faith Goldy, an excellent candidate for Toronto mayor, pro Rule of Law, pro Make Canada Safe Again, pro balanced budget, &…BEST of all, Pro Western Civilization and a fighter for our values. @FaithGoldy will not be silenced. https://t.co/uqkeaUjm7i
— Steve King (@SteveKingIA) October 17, 2018
“Faith Goldy, an excellent candidate for Toronto mayor, pro Rule of Law, pro Make Canada Safe Again, pro balanced budget, &…BEST of all, Pro Western Civilization and a fighter for our values,” King tweeted out, throwing his support behind longshot Toronto mayoral candidate Faith Goldy.
So, who exactly is Goldy? She’s a former writer for the far-right Canadian website Rebel Media who was fired last year after she appeared on a Daily Stormer podcast during the Unite the Right protest in Charlottesville. (Yes, her actions were too much for even Rebel.) Since then, she has recited the infamous “14 Words” white supremacist slogan and recommended a book by an anti-Semitic fascist that called for the elimination of Jews.
Considering that Goldy has an almost zero percent chance of winning election — she is polling less than two percent in the race — and this is a mayoral election in ANOTHER COUNTRY, King’s endorsement of her can really only be seen as the Republican congressman wanting to openly support a fellow traveler who is “Pro Western Civilization.”
Meanwhile. outgoing House Speaker Paul Ryan will likely continue to stick to his policy of tossing out weak generalized condemnations while taking no action against King, despite the fact that Ryan himself is retiring and should feel at least somewhat emboldened to stand up to literal Nazis in his own party.