Connect with us

U.S.

Republican Steve King Asks How ‘supremacist White’ And ‘white Nationalist’ Became Offensive

Published

on

Updated | Controversial Representative Steve King, the Republican from Iowa, wondered in an interview published on Thursday how language like “white nationalist” and “white supremacist” became offensive.

King has long been labeled by his critics as a racist—which he denied—and in an interview with The New York Times he said race wasn’t what mattered to him but rather the culture carried to “United States by whites from Europe.”

“White nationalist, white supremacist, Western civilization—how did that language become offensive?” King told the Times. “Why did I sit in classes teaching me about the merits of our history and our civilization?”

Republican Representative Steve King, from Iowa, speaks in Des Moines, Iowa, on January 24, 2015. King wondered in an interview published on Thursday how language like “white nationalist” and “white supremacist” became offensive.
Scott Olson/Getty Images

“This one’s a no-brainer for any Iowan who has cringed at eight-term incumbent King’s increasing obsession with being a cultural provocateur,” an editorial from the paper read. “In his almost 16 years in Congress, King has passed exactly one bill as primary sponsor, redesignating a post office. He won’t debate his opponent and rarely holds public town halls. Instead, he spends his time meeting with fascist leaders in Europe and retweeting neo-Nazis.”

The piece from the Times explored King’s growing influence in the Republican Party and his relationship with Trump, including him once telling the president that he had “market-tested” his winning 2016 message on immigration.

Update: This story was updated to include King’s statement.

Sponsors

Advertisement

Recent Topics

Sponsors

Recent Posts

Trending