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Steve King's Comments on White Nationalism Earn Rebuke

11 January 2019

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.

"White nationalist, white supremacist, Western civilization - how did that language become offensive?"

Reacting to a story about King's comments, Cheney posted on Twitter: "These comments are abhorrent and racist and should have no place in our national discourse".

And Rep. Justin Amash of MI says: "This is an embrace of racism, and it has no place in Congress or anywhere".

Additionally, while King's statement Thursday afternoon appears to distinguish a support for Western civilization from a belief in white supremacy, he seemed to lump those ideas together in his quote in the Times. I want to make one thing abundantly clear; I reject those labels and the evil ideology that they define, ' King said in the statement, which did not deny the accuracy of the quotation.

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Asked to weigh in on King's comments, House Republican Whip Steve Scalise of Lousiana told reporters, "It's offensive to try to legitimize those terms". "Under any fair political definition, I am simply a Nationalist".

"We can't restore our civilization with somebody else's babies", he tweeted in 2017. "I'll just say I have responded to this and I think you understand where I stand".

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

Steve King issued a statement rejecting white nationalism Thursday after facing pressure from both inside and outside his own conference for his comments on the subject. "I reject white nationalism, I reject white supremacy, it's not part of any of any of my ideology and I reject anybody who carries that ideology".

After his re-election, The Weekly Standard, which has since closed down, published audio of King comparing migrants headed north to the United States in a caravan to "dirt".

Steve King's Comments on White Nationalism Earn Rebuke