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Rep. Steve King slammed by fellow GOP colleagues for 'white supremacist' remark

Rep. Steve King slammed by fellow GOP colleagues for 'white supremacist' remark

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

Republican Rep. Steve King - who has always been a target for criticism because of his public comments on race and immigration - rejected Thursday being labeled a white nationalist, following bipartisan outrage for comments he made appearing to lament that white supremacist comments are considered offensive.

Cheney said on Thursday the comments on white supremacy by Republican Representative Steve King, of Iowa, were "abhorrent and racist". Mr. King said. "Why did I sit in classes teaching me about the merits of our history and our civilization?"

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

"What I was really talking about was the continuation of applying labels onto people as freely as they are", King said in the NBC interview Thursday night.

He continued: 'This conviction does not make me a white nationalist or a white supremacist. "I think it's important that he rejected that kind of evil, because that's what it is, it's evil ideology", he said. "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". Ohio Congressman Tim Ryan, a Democrat, has just called on the U.S. House of Representatives to censure King.

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"They've made it clear that they want nothing less than to raise taxes to historic levels, ignore the rule of law and undo the successes made by President Trump", Feenstra said.

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'.

The reporter when on to ask King if he'd been misquoted - and he refused to answer.

Yesterday, Republican state senator Randy Feensra of Hull announced he would run for King's seat in 2020.

Despite the criticism, King narrowly won re-election in November. He faced a deluge of negative press in the closing days of the campaign for his support of right wing political candidates in Canada and Eastern Europe who've supported white supremacist ideals.


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