DES MOINES, Iowa -- Iowa Congressman Steve King ignited social media Sunday with his tweet praising an anti-immigrant leader from the Netherlands and his use of the term "somebody else's babies."
This post started it:
Critics on social media contend King's Twitter post is racist and implies civilization can't improve if it's populated with babies of immigrants, specifically Muslims. King didn't immediately post a followup to his initial tweet.
King's tweet drew praise from David Duke, a former leader with the white supremacist group, the Ku Klux Klan.
But a host of others condemned King's comments. Those include:
Former First Daughter Chelsea Clinton:
Former Independent Presidential candidate Evan McMullin:
Prominent Republican donor Nick Ryan, who helped organize a primary challenger for King in 2016:
NBC Correspondent Tom Brokaw:
King's 2016 Democratic challenger Kim Weaver, who is using King's tweet as a way to raise money for another campaign in 2018:
As of approximately 9 p.m. on Sunday, Weaver had raised $19,000.
The Twitter hashtag #someoneelsesbabies trended as one of the more popular. So did #somebodyelsesbabies, which is actually the phrase King used.