The party of Trump goes fully far-right - 2018-11-08
In the run-up to Tuesday's midterms, Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) faced mounting condemnation over his openly white-supremacist politics. King has a long record of demonizing minorities, fulminating over the decline of white "civilization" and courting extremists who peddle racist conspiracy theories about the "replacement" of white Europeans by nonwhite immigrants.
King also sparked ire after meeting members of the far-right Austrian Freedom Party, which was founded by a former SS officer and has since struggled to shed links to its neo-fascist past. He defended fraternizing with them with a matter-of-fact observation: "If they were in America pushing the platform that they push, they would be Republicans," he said.
There are many Republicans who would bristle at King's contention, but they are a waning force. President Trump has been the catalyst of a dramatic realignment — or "a repolarization of politics," as my colleagues Michael Scherer and Josh Dawsey put it — that branded the GOP as the faction of white nationalist rage.