Congressman under fire for white nationalist comments

Remigio Civitarese
Gennaio 11, 2019

The latest controversy from the 4th District Republican from interview King conducted last week that appeared in an article published on Thursday in the New York Times.

After Rep. Steve King (R-IA) was quoted downplaying the severity of the terms "white nationalist" and "white supremacist," he claimed to denounce those ideologies in an interview with NBC's Kasie Hunt. Mr. King said. "Why did I sit in classes teaching me about the merits of our history and our civilization?"

Steve King (R-Iowa), fresh off the news that he'll face a Republican primary challenger next year, wondered aloud why being a white supremacist is such a bad thing. 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 continued: "It's true that like the Founding Fathers I am an advocate for Western Civilization's values, and that I profoundly believe that America is the greatest tangible expression of these ideals the World has ever seen".

As I told the New York Times, "it's not about race; it's never been about race".

Steve King's comments about white supremacy on Thursday evening.

"Where are these contributions being made by these other categories of people you're talking about?"

The quotes came in a story that described King as a forerunner to President Trump's immigration views.

"What does this diversity bring that we don't already have? Mexican food. Chinese food", King said in an interview with a publication connected to Austria's Freedom Party, which was founded by a Nazi SS member and now led by an individual with neo-Nazi ties.

King later issued a statement saying he is neither a white nationalist nor a white supremacist.

"The rationale is that if infidels are eating this pork, they aren't eating it, so as long as they're preparing this pork for infidels, it helps send 'em to hell and it'll make Allah happy", King said on the radio in June.

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