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

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

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

"Everything about white supremacy and white nationalism goes against who we are as a nation", McCarthy said, according to a CNN reporter. His mistake, he explained, was in talking to the Times in the first place.

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?"

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

This conviction does not make me a white nationalist or a white supremacist. He has tried to defend himself from the blowback to the Times interview, saying that the outlet has meant to paint him as an "advocate for white nationalism and white supremacy" - but he didn't deny the accuracy of the quote.

While King finally does seem to be facing some pushback among his usual allies, his racism has been clear for a long time, as AlterNet has previously documented.

"One phrase in that long article has created an unnecessary controversy".

King said he was only wondering aloud: "How did that offensive language get injected into our political dialogue? Further, I condemn anyone who supports this evil and bigoted ideology which saw in its ultimate expression the systematic murder of 6 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. The Anti-Defamation League admonished King for the meeting.

"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 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.

In the op-ed, Scott didn't call out King's other racist beliefs.

Rep. Paul Cook, R-Calif., questioned Friday whether King "has the moral authority to continue serving in Congress". "Under any fair political definition, I am a nationalist".

King, who won re-election in 2018 by just over 3 points despite representing a district President Trump won by 27 points in 2016, took to the House floor Friday afternoon to lament the "freshman mistake" he made by granting the Times an interview.

Those looking for a significant primary challenge to King may find hope in Iowa State Senator Randy Feenstra, who announced earlier this week that he is taking steps to run against the incumbent in the GOP primary next year.

King faced backlash in 2017 for saying "we can't restore our civilization with someone else's babies" referencing his opposition to immigration.