White Supremacy Isn’t a Bad Thing, Rep. Steve King Argues

Lester Mason
January 12, 2019

King, in his ninth House term, spoke as key members of his party publicly took issue with his remarks and as a Republican from back home lined up to challenge him in a GOP primary.

Speaking on his show on Friday night, CNN's Don Lemon addressed the controversy surrounding Rep. Steve King after he questioned why terms like white nationalist were offensive. King asked during a panel discussion.

King read into the record the quote from the Times story that he said was "the substance of this heartburn that seems to be churning across the media and America today". "Some in our party wonder why Republicans are constantly accused of racism - it is because of our silence when things like this are said", Scott wrote in a Washington Post Op-Ed. Under any fair political definition, I am simply a Nationalist.

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

"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 said.

"Republican leaders must actively support a worthy primary opponent to defeat King, because he won't have the decency to resign", he said. "He doesn't represent the values of the RJC or the Republican Party'".

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) reacted to Rep. Steve King's (R-IA) most recent racist screed on Thursday, calling his words "reckless, wrong" and having "no place in society".

The Republican backlash follows a tepid reaction from National Republican Congressional Committee chairman Tom Emmer. Mr. King said in the interview with the Times, "Why did I sit in classes teaching me about the merits of our history and our civilization?" "But the people who know me know I wouldn't have to make this statement because they do know me".

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?"

The congressman, who has served for 16 years, reclaimed his seat in November narrowly, with just three percentage points separating him from his Democratic challenger.

Iowa may be overwhelmingly white, but it's still embarrassing that the state has elected an unabashed bigot like King to Congress nine times despite a history of these kinds of statements. Over the past few years, King also made headlines when he endorsed a white nationalist candidate for Toronto mayor and for engaging with neo-Nazi sympathizers and white supremacists on Twitter. The congressman, who in 2017 famously tweeted that "we can't restore our civilization with someone else's babies", insisted he had never been "anti-immigrant", but "anti-illegal immigrant".

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