Rep. Steve King rejects the 'label' and 'evil ideology' of white supremacy

Rep. Steve King Wants to Know Why the Term 'White Supremacist' Is Offensive

Steve King defends himself on House floor against 'white nationalist' criticism

Pelosi said Friday. "The new normal around here is to praise white supremacists and nationalism as something that shouldn't be shunned". In the piece, Scott explains why King has no place in Congress.

In his interview with the New York Times, Mr King was quoted as saying: "White nationalists, white supremacists, western civilization - how did that language become offensive?"

"I made a freshman mistake when I took a call from a reporter from the New York Times", he said.

King has a long history of making racist remarks and interacting with known white nationalists. Though he often speaks in dog whistles and thinly veiled coded language, this time King was especially blunt in his bigotry.

While King finally does seem to be facing some pushback among his usual allies, his racism has been clear for a long time, as AlterNet has previously documented.

King met with a far-right party that has historical ties to Nazis on a trip to Austria last October - for which he faced little more than mild criticism from lawmakers in his own party - but this week his comments sparked a flurry of reactions on social media. The Anti-Defamation League admonished King for the meeting.

"When people with opinions similar to King's open their mouths, they damage not only the Republican Party and the conservative brand but also our nation as a whole, " Scott wrote.

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

"Some in our party wonder why Republicans are constantly accused of racism - it is because of our silence when things like this are said", Senator Tim Scott said of the remarks by Representative Steve King of Iowa. "They want to be treated with fairness for some perceived slights but refuse to return the favor to those on the other side", Scott wrote.

Republicans widely condemned King's words this week, including House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy and Republican Conference Chairwoman Liz Cheney. Under any fair political definition, I am simply a Nationalist.

The comments came as part of an extensive report from the newspaper detailing how King's staunch views on immigration that mirror those of President Donald Trump.

Lemon next played a clip of King addressing his remarks on the House floor and claiming he was misquoted before noting that King was sounding "an terrible lot like he is trying to paint himself as a victim". Lest you're somehow inclined to give him the benefit of the doubt, be sure to check out his numerous quotes from the past that paint him as a racist, including "we can't restore our civilization with somebody else's babies" and his absolute disgust at the idea of apologizing over slavery.

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