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

Cheryl Sanders
January 13, 2019

The Times interviewed King for a story that delved into his past outspoken comments and views on immigration and race.

Republican Congressman Steve King - now facing two GOP primary opponents if he seeks reelection - has issued a statement saying he's an advocate of "Western Civilization's values" but not white supremacy. He said he supports immigrants who come to the US legally and assimilate, since "the culture of America" matters more than race.

"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. 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. King stressed that he rejects "those labels" of white nationalism and supremacy "and the evil ideology that they define" and condemns "anyone that supports this evil and bigoted ideology".

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

"Further, it's an obvious attempt to undermine an effective and leading congressional ally of the president's whom Trump frequently refers to as the world's most conservative human being".

"The U.S. House of Representatives must censure Rep. Steve King for his racists remarks".

"These remarks should also be repudiated by Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy and all of Rep. King's colleagues", Ryan said in tweet. 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.

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'.

Randy Feenstra, a Republican state senator, announced Wednesday that he plans to run against King in 2020.

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