Republicans Slam Rep. Steve King for White Supremacy Comment

Republicans Slam Rep. Steve King for White Supremacy Comment

Earlier in the day, the New York Times published a lengthy interview with and profile on King in which he said he didn't understand when the terms became dirty words.

His comment drew immediate blowback, including condemnation from two fellow House Republicans.

"The rationale is that if infidels are eating this pork, they aren't eating it, so as long as they're preparing this pork for infidels, it helps send 'em to hell and it'll make Allah happy", King said on the radio in June.

Hawaii Democratic Sen. Brian Schatz quipped, "The main thing is that Steve King does not use profanity and that is what matters in the end" - an apparent reference to the backlash surrounding freshman Rep. Rashida Tlaib, a Michigan Democrat, for calling President Donald Trump a "motherf*****".

"White nationalist, white supremacist, Western civilization - how did that language become offensive?" the Congressman said. America's values are expressed in our founding documents, they are attainable by everyone and we take pride that people of all races, religions, and creeds from around the globe aspire to achieve them.

Last year, King tweeted, "We can't restore our civilization with somebody else's babies", later telling CNN's Chris Cuomo that he "meant exactly what I said".

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"I reject those labels and the evil ideology that they define", wrote King. Under any fair political definition, I am simply a Nationalist. One of my most closely held beliefs is that we are all created in God's image and that human life is sacred in all forms.

A bipartisan chorus of King's colleagues condemned the language he used in the nation's largest daily newspaper.

Wyoming Rep. Liz Cheney, the No. 3 Republican, said King's remarks were "abhorrent and racist and should have no place in our national discourse". Ohio Congressman Tim Ryan, a Democrat, has just called on the U.S. House of Representatives to censure King.

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

On Wednesday, Republican State Senator Randy Feenstra of Wall Lake announced he will challenge King in a primary in 2020.

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