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Fox News' Tucker Carlson to Steve King: You Are Right to Say U.S. Must Defend Birth Rate

'We have to do something to increase our birth rates, or we will be replaced by people who do not share our values.'

Rep. Steve King explains defense of 'our civilization' tweet
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Congressman Steve King of Iowa joined Fox New's Tucker Carlson to discuss his controversial tweet defending Dutch far-right, anti-Islam politician Geert Wilders.

In the tweet, which King doubled down on in a later interview with CNN, the Republican praised Wilders saying "You cannot rebuild your civilization with somebody else's babies. You've got to keep your birth rate up, and that you need to teach your children your values."

Still not backing down, despite even Republican leaders rebuking his comments, told Carlson, "This is a message over to Europe, over to the Netherlands and Geert Wilders, who does understand this: The birth rates in especially Western Europe... all of Western civilization, have gone down below the replacement rate, with the exception of Israel, they are the only first world country that has a birth rate higher than their death rate," King explained. 

"So we have to do something to increase our birth rates, or we will be replaced by people who do not share our values," he continued. "We're seeing it happen in the Netherlands and all across Europe, and that is a lot of what the election is about coming up in the Netherlands in a few days."

Carlson replied with his own take, "Everything you said is, I think defensible, and probably right. The problem with the [other peoples' babies] tweet was it suggested a racial component of American identity."

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