Republicans Slam Colleague for What They Call Racist Remarks

Elias Hubbard
January 11, 2019

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.

Rep. Steve King of Iowa was quoted in The New York Times saying, "White nationalist, white supremacist, Western civilization - how did that language become offensive?" King stressed that he rejects "those labels" of white nationalism and supremacy "and the evil ideology that they define" and condemns "anyone that supports this evil and bigoted ideology".

King, 69, has been criticized by some Republicans for past remarks and narrowly won re-election in November after easy victories in previous years.

We reached out to Congressman King's office today to clarify the statement.

King described himself - "like the Founding Fathers" - as an advocate for Western values and "simply a nationalist". "I am dedicated to keeping America this way", he said. "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". 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.

In a sharply worded statement (via Ashley Killough of CNN), McCarthy condemned King's remarks.

"This is an embrace of racism, and it has no place in Congress or anywhere", Representative Justin Amash, the Republican from MI, tweeted.

As the Hill reported, another Michigan Republican, Rep. Paul Mitchell, tagged King and wrote on Twitter: 'The embrace of these terms and philosophies are fundamentally wrong and offensive and have no place in Congress, our nation, or anywhere'.

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

Despite these words, King has made comments in the past that favored contributions from white people compared to those of other races.

On Wednesday, Republican State Senator Randy Feenstra of Wall Lake announced he will challenge King in a primary in 2020.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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