Published: Sat, January 12, 2019
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

GOP Rep. Steve King Says He Rejects White Supremacy

GOP Rep. Steve King Says He Rejects White Supremacy

The conservative lawmaker later put out a statement denying what he said were suggestions in the Times article that he was "an advocate for white nationalism and white supremacy".

King's views, Scott added, are separate from the conservative movement and "should be ridiculed at every turn possible".

King issued a statement on the Times interview Thursday insisting he is not a white nationalist or a white supremacist. King asked during a panel discussion.

Scott goes on to remind Rep. King about crimes committed in the name of white supremacy in this country, including when a white supremacist murdered nine African Americans in a church in Charleston, 2015, or when a white nationalist ran over a young woman in Charlottesville past year, and just three months ago when a white supremacist killed two black people in a parking lot in Kentucky.

The Times notes that King has used racist language in the past and supports known neo-Nazis on Twitter.

King said he was only wondering aloud: "How did that offensive language get injected into our political dialogue?"

"Further, I condemn anyone that supports this evil and bigoted ideology which saw in its ultimate expression the systematic murder of six million innocent Jewish lives". During his meeting with the website Unzensuriert and members of the anti-immigrant Freedom Party, King held another interview in which he decried that "Western civilization is on the decline".

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

However, no House Republicans said they would take action in response to King's remarks.

In an op-ed in The Washington Post, Sen. "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.

Other top Republicans, from House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., and House Republican Conference Chair Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., have also leveled harsh criticism of King.

Rep. Paul Cook, R-Calif., questioned Friday whether King "has the moral authority to continue serving in Congress". 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.

"Under any fair political definition, I am simply an American nationalist", King said Friday.

On Friday, King said on the House floor that the interview "also was discussion of other terms that have been used, nearly always unjustly labelling otherwise innocent people".

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