Published: Sun, January 13, 2019
Worldwide | By Jermaine Blake

Republicans Slam Rep. Steve King for White Supremacy Comment

Republicans Slam Rep. Steve King for White Supremacy Comment

Steve King asked how terms "white supremacist" and "white nationalist" became offensive in an interview with The New York Times published Thursday.

It's not the first time some Republicans have denounced King, nor the first time King has said his intent is to defend "Western civilization".

In a New York Times article on King's penchant for spouting demonizing rhetoric about immigrants, King himself told the newspaper that he doesn't understand when "that language" became "offensive". Mr. King said. "Why did I sit in classes teaching me about the merits of our history and our civilization?"... "I reject white nationalism, I reject white supremacy, it's not part of any of any of my ideology and I reject anybody who carries that ideology".

House Republicans are criticizing a fellow GOP lawmaker for making what they say are "racist" comments. He said he supports immigrants who come to the US legally and assimilate, since "the culture of America" matters more than race.

King did champion Western civilization, which he referenced in his initial comments to the Times.

"America's values are expressed in our founding documents ... and we take pride that people of all races, religions, and creeds from around the globe aspire to achieve them", he said.

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King added in the statement that he was "simply a Nationalist".

"I reject those labels and the evil ideology that they define", wrote King. One of my most closely held beliefs is that we are all created in God's image and that human life is sacred in all forms.

Wyoming Rep. Liz Cheney, the third-ranking House Republican, tweeted that King's remarks are "abhorrent and racist and should have no place in our national discourse".

In announcing his candidacy, Feenstra described the actions so far of the new Democratic majority in the U.S. House of Representatives as "appalling".

In a sharply worded statement (via Ashley Killough of CNN), McCarthy condemned King's remarks. "The president needs effective conservative leaders in Congress who not only support his agenda, but actually get things done".

The political fallout came a day after a prominent Northwest Iowa Republican state Sen.

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