Rep. Steve King with former House Speaker Paul Ryan.

Iowa Republican Rep. Steve King, who has long expressed racist views, asked why terms like white supremacy and white nationalism had “become offensive” in an interview The New York Times published on Thursday.
King has a strong relationship with President Donald Trump, who shares many of the congressman’s far-right views on immigration and white identity politics.
Some conservatives are now calling for Congress to “censure” King — formally reprimanding him for his comments.

Iowa Republican Rep. Steve King, who has long demonized immigrants and decried diversity and multiculturalism, asked why white supremacy had “become offensive” in an interview The New York Times published on Thursday.

“White nationalist, white supremacist, Western civilization — how did that language become offensive?” King told The Times. “Why did I sit in classes teaching me about the merits of our history and our civilization?”

King’s remarks sparked a new wave of condemnation — on both the left and the right.

Over the past year, King has endorsed a white nationalist running for mayor of Toronto in Canada, repeatedly retweeted white supremacist and neo-Nazi accounts on Twitter, and parroted Hungarian Prime Minister Victor Orban’s remarks that “mixing cultures will not lead to a higher quality of life but a lower one.”

Some Republicans, including conservative activist Ben Shapiro, suggested on Thursday that Congress should “censure” King — to formally reprimand him for his offensive comments.

Congress ought to vote to censure him, and then he ought to be primaried ASAP. https://t.co/W2qRdWvAjj

— Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) January 10, 2019

In the past, King has also found himself in hot water for displaying the Confederate battle flag on his congressional office desk, despite representing Iowa, which fought for the Union during the Civil War.

And he’s developed relationships with far-right leaders in Europe, including Geert Wilders of the Netherlands, who has called to shut down mosques, and Marine Le Pen of France, an anti-immigrant activist who has compared Muslims praying in French streets to Nazi occupation.

“Steve King is basically an open white nationalist at this point,” wrote Andrew Anglin, founder of the neo-Nazi Daily Stormer website, according to the Times.

King has long denied being a racist, and issued a statement following the publication of The Times story on Thursday in which he said he “reject[s] those labels and the ideology that they define.” He argued he is “simply a Nationalist” and “an advocate for Western Civilization’s values.”

My statement on the New York Times article. pic.twitter.com/IjBHgZYgRD

— Steve King (@SteveKingIA) January 10, 2019

Last fall, King’s actions provoked condemnation from some prominent Republicans, including National Republican Congressional Committee Chairman and Ohio Rep. Steve Stivers, who called on Americans “to stand up against white supremacy and hate in all forms” days before the 2018 midterm elections.

Read more: Republicans and high-profile donors are suddenly abandoning Steve King after years of racial insensitivity

Several donors, including companies like Purina and Land O’Lakes, dropped their support for King …read more

Source:: Business Insider

      

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Republican Rep. Steve King asks why white supremacy has ‘become offensive,’ sparking a new wave of condemnation

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