Republicans slam colleague for what they call racist remarks

Clay Curtis
January 13, 2019

Republican U.S. Congressman Steve King of Iowa, in a lengthy New York Times profile, expressed dismay and concern that "white nationalist" and "white supremacist" are offensive.

Steve King is facing criticism after he defended white nationalism and white supremacy in an interview. Mr. King said. "Why did I sit in classes teaching me about the merits of our history and our civilization?"...

Law&Crime contacted King's office for comment on this, but they have not responded.

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".

"Steve King is basically an open white nationalist at this point", wrote Andrew Anglin, the founder of the neo-Nazi Daily Stormer.

King, who has been widely criticized in the past for his support of far-right parties and politicians, pushed backed against the Times' suggestion "that I am an advocate for white nationalism and white supremacy".

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"It's true that like the Founding Fathers I am an advocate for Western Civilization's values, and that I profoundly believe that America is the greatest tangible expression of these ideals the world has ever seen", he said. "I think it's important that he rejected that kind of evil, because that's what it is, it's evil ideology", he said. 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.

Democratic Rep. Tim Ryan (D-Ohio) called for the House to formally censure King for his remarks.

"They've made it clear that they want nothing less than to raise taxes to historic levels, ignore the rule of law and undo the successes made by President Trump", Feenstra said.

The reporter when on to ask King if he'd been misquoted - and he refused to answer.

He drew a potentially serious primary challenger this year in Iowa Republican state Sen.

King won a 9th term in Congress in November in his closest election yet. "Support for white supremacist ideology should have no place in Congress".

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