Iowa congressman asks how 'white supremacist' became offensive in US

  • Iowa congressman asks how 'white supremacist' became offensive in US

Iowa congressman asks how 'white supremacist' became offensive in US

Earlier on Thursday, the New York Times printed a long interview with King in which he was quoted musing about why the labels were "offensive".

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. 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".

It's not the first time some Republicans have denounced King, nor the first time King has said his intent is to defend "Western civilization".

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

"America's values are expressed in our founding documents ... and we take pride that people of all races, religions, and creeds from around the globe aspire to achieve them", he said.

We reached out to Congressman King's office today to clarify the statement.

This conviction does not make me a white nationalist or a white supremacist. "I think it was important that he rejected that kind of evil because that's what it is, it's evil ideology". "As I told the New York Times, 'it's not about race; it's never been about race.' One of my most strongly held beliefs is that we are all created in God's image and that human life is sacred in all its forms".

In a sharply worded statement (via Ashley Killough of CNN), McCarthy condemned King's remarks.

Michigan Republican Justin Amash retweeted a tweet with King's comments, adding: 'This is an embrace of racism, and it has no place in Congress or anywhere'.

Following the report's publishing, King argued in a statement posted on his Twitter account that he is "simply a Nationalist". "Steve's language is reckless, wrong, and has no place in our society".

A Republican member of the Iowa state senate announced on Wednesday that he would challenge King in the 2020 Republican primary.