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FILE - In this Jan. 23, 2014, file photo, Republican U.S. Rep. Steve King of Iowa speaks in Des Moines. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, File)

Steve King predicted blacks and Hispanics would 'fight' before outnumbering whites in US


UPDATE 11:35 a.m. EST: 

In a radio interview Monday night, King said blacks and Hispanics "will be fighting each other" before overtaking whites as a majority of the population in the U.S.  

King was responding to a comment Univision anchor Jorge Ramos made to on Fox News to Tucker Carlson. Ramos, in making a point about the diversity of the country, said whites would become a majority-minority demographic in the U.S. by 2044. 

King accused Ramos of "trying to drive wedges between race."

"When you start accentuating the differences, then you start ending up with people that are at each other's throats," King said. "And he's adding up Hispanics and blacks in what he predicts will be in greater number than whites in America. I will predict that Hispanics and the blacks will be fighting each other before that happens."

He insisted his past controversial comments were not about race, but "our stock, our country, our culture, our civilization."

UPDATE 3:07 p.m. EST:

Prominent Republicans rejected King's remarks on Monday afternoon. 

The spokesman for House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) issued a statement indicating that he "clearly disagees and believes America's long history of inclusiveness is one of its greatest strengths."

Sen. Tim Scott addressed the controversy over King's comments on Twitter.

UPDATE 2:27 p.m. EST:

Rep. John Lewis (D-GA), a leader of the civil rights movement, blasted King for his "bigoted and racist" comments, saying they were akin to ideas that "caused some of the worst atrocities in human history." 

"Western civilization did not create itself," Lewis said, attacking King's stance that Western civilization is "superior."

Here's King's full statement.

UPDATE March 13, 8:11 a.m. EST

Rep. Steve King (R-IA) defended his racially charged comments in a CNN interview Monday morning.  King accused liberals of trying to "break down Western civilization" with pro-immigrant policies. 

"Western civilization is a superior civilization," King said.

When asked if all heritages were equal, King said that all people were "created in the image of God."

King insisted he "meant exactly what I said."

ORIGINAL STORY: Rep. Steve King (R-IA) is no stranger to racially charged controversy.

A tweet on Sunday put him in similarly hot water. King cited Geert Wilders, an anti-Islam and anti-immigrant Dutch politician who has been dubbed the "Dutch Donald Trump" by some in the Dutch press and NBC.

King was quoting a tweet from "Voice of Europe," a Twitter account that bills itself as a news organization. Its bio reads: "Real news from a beautiful continent in danger. Anti EU / Pro Europe / MAGA."

Here's the tweet. 

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Firebrand anti Islam lawmaker Geert Wilders answers question from the media during an election campaign stop outside De Telegraaf newspaper buildings in Amsterdam Netherlands, Sunday, March 5, 2017. Wilders said he would ban Turkey's entire Cabinet from visiting the Netherlands in coming weeks to prevent ministers campaigning here for a referendum on changing Turkey's constitution. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)

The cartoon in the quoted tweet shows Wilders plugging a hole in a dike labeled "Western Civilization" as protesters wearing turbans and beards hold swords and signs reading, "Infidels, Know Your Limits." 

King met with and expressed support for Wilders last fall.

Former KKK leader David Duke said King's tweet was a sign of "sanity."

The chairman of the Republican Party of Iowa disagreed with King's comments.

Many were incensed by King's remarks.

But supporters argued detractors were misguided.

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