Steve King Wants To Know Why The Term 'White Supremacist' Is Offensive

JOSHUA ROBERTS  REUTERS  Newscom

JOSHUA ROBERTS REUTERS Newscom

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.

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.

Republican Representative Liz Cheney, of Wyoming-the third-ranking GOP House member-said on Thursday that comments on white supremacy from Republican Representative Steve King, of Iowa, were "abhorrent and racist".

"Further, I condemn anyone that supports this evil and bigoted ideology which saw in its ultimate expression the systematic murder of six million innocent Jewish lives". Under any fair political definition, I am simply a Nationalist, ' he continued. "I am dedicated to keeping America this way", he said.

"Everything about white supremacy and white nationalism goes against who we are as a nation", McCarthy said in response to comments King made earlier in the day. He added that he thought it "was important that (King) rejected that kind of evil" when the Iowa Republican put out a statement later on Twitter.

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"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", he said.

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

King barely survived a challenge from Democrat J.D. Scholten in November, as his race became nationalized amid a series of controversial public comments.

That quote from King inspired Andrew Anglin, the founder of neo-Nazi news and commentary site Daily Stormer, to write: "Steve King is basically an open white nationalist at this point".

He's already in line to face a primary challenger in 2020.

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