GOP Emboldened Steve King To Use White Nationalist Rhetoric — CNN's Don Lemon

Remigio Civitarese
Gennaio 12, 2019

This conviction does not make me a white nationalist or a white supremacist.

King caused controversy this week when he responded to charges of racism by telling the New York Times: "White nationalist, white supremacist, Western civilization - how did that language become offensive?" Though he often speaks in dog whistles and thinly veiled coded language, this time King was especially blunt in his bigotry.

"Why did I sit in classes teaching me about the merits of our history and our civilization?" he continued. King told the Times.

King did not dispute the quote, although he said it was taken out of context.

It seems insane to think that in 2019, a USA congressperson would be extolling the virtues of white supremacy, but here's Rep. Steve King spouting off about white heritage yet again. King asked in an interview with The New York Times published Thursday.

King said he wasn't complaining that he couldn't freely use terms like white supremacist, but rather that he was asking how terms like that got into political discussions.

Words and phrases such as "racist", "fascist", "Nazi", and "white supremacist" have been "used nearly always unjustly labeling otherwise innocent people".

"Everything about white supremacy and white nationalism goes against who we are as a nation", McCarthy said, according to a CNN reporter.

"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". 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. 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". Tim Scott, the only black Republican in the upper chamber of Congress, called out his party's "silence" on racism Friday in a new op-ed for the Washington Post.

"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", Sen. "I want them to ostracize him", he added.

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.

Speaking on the floor of the House of Representatives on Friday, he said he regretted "the heartburn that has poured forth" as a result of his interview. 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. In a statement earlier this week, King identified himself as "simply a Nationalist".

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