Republicans slam Rep. King for what they call racist remarks

White Supremacist Rep. Steve King Wonders Why Being White Supremacist Is Offensive

White Supremacist Rep. Steve King Wonders Why Being White Supremacist Is Offensive

King was quoted in the newspaper as saying: "White nationalist, white supremacist, Western civilization - how did that language become offensive?"

King, in an interview with The New York Times published Thursday, said he doesn't mind that the American population includes a range of races ― as long as the culture stays white and European.

King later tweeted that he regards white nationalism and white supremacy as "evil", but this is not the first time the Iowa lawmaker has seemingly expressed sympathy with white supremacists. "Why did I sit in classes teaching me about the merits of our history and our civilization?"

Jeff King, a son of the congressman and a spokesman for him, quickly responded to Feenstra's announcement.

Republican Representative Liz Cheney, of Wyoming-the third-ranking GOP House member-said on Thursday that comments on white supremacy from Republican Representative Steve King, of Iowa, were "abhorrent and racist".

King, 69, has attained notoriety for statements and positions that appeal to white nationalists.

King later issued a statement saying he is neither a white nationalist nor a white supremacist. "Further, I condemn anyone that supports this evil and bigoted ideology which saw in its ultimate expression the systematic murder of 6 million innocent Jewish lives", he said. But already, one Republican Congressman is making life hard. Once again, I reject those labels and the ideology that they define. "As I told the New York Times, 'It's not about race; it's never been about race'".

"The U.S. House of Representatives must censure Rep. Steve King for his racists remarks".

"I have said that diversity is not a strength", he continued.

The quotes came in a story that described King as a forerunner to President Trump's immigration views.

He's already in line to face a primary challenger in 2020.

Despite the criticism, King narrowly won re-election in November. The candidate, Faith Goldy, has promoted books espousing anti-Semitic ideas and defending the white supremacist "14 words" slogan, according to the Toronto Star.

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