Author: EMILY GOODIN,
Conservative congressman Steve King retweeted on Tuesday an anti-immigrationmessage from a far-right British activist who has called himself a ‘neo Nazi.’
‘Europe is waking up… Will America… in time?’ King tweeted, linking to an anti-immigrant tweet from political activist Mark Collett.
The Republican lawmaker from Iowa, a staunch conservative, has been supportive of strict immigration reform. Last year, he toasted the deportation of the first Dreamer protected under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.
Collett is one of Britain’s most high-profile white supremacists. He has expressed admiration for Adolf Hitler and has called himself a ‘Nazi sympathizer.’
He is a former chairman of the Young BNP, the youth division of the British National Party (BNP). He was featured on a British documentary on the BNP – ‘Young, Nazi and Proud’ that was broadcast in 2002.
He declared his admiration for Hitler and said that he considered AIDS a ‘friendly disease because blacks, drug users and gays have it.’
He was fired from his party position shortly there after.
King’s office did not respond to the DailyMail.com’s request for comment.
‘No mainstream politician in their right mind should be retweeting Mark Collett,’ Nick Ryan, director of communications at the British-based anti-racism advocacy group Hope Not Hate, told the Huffington Post.
The tweet, posted early Tuesday morning, hasn’t been deleted.
King retweeted a tweet from Collett that read: ‘65% of Italians under the age of 35 now oppose mass immigration. Europe is waking up…’
In the past, King has also promoted birtherism and said the U.S should not have to apologize for slavery. He’s also said most undocumented immigrants were ‘drug mules’ with ‘calves the size of cantaloupes.’
In March 2017 King was widely criticized after he tweeted support for the far-right Dutch politician Geert Wilders.