Published: Sun, January 13, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

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

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

"White nationalist, white supremacist, Western civilization - how did that language become offensive", Rep. Steve King (R-IA) was quoted as saying in The New York Times Thursday. Representative Steve King asked in the interview with The New York Times.

It's not the first time some Republicans have denounced King, nor the first time King has said his intent is to defend "Western civilization". He also posed the question, "Why did I sit in classes teaching me about the merits of our history and our civilization?"

Jeff King, a son of the congressman and a spokesman for him, quickly responded to Feenstra's announcement.

But King said his conviction "does not make me a white nationalist or a white supremacist".

"Everything about white supremacy and white nationalism goes against who we are as a nation", McCarthy said.

"I reject those labels and the evil ideology that they define", wrote King.

"America's values are expressed in our founding documents ... and we take pride that people of all races, religions, and creeds from around the globe aspire to achieve them", he said. 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. "Under any fair political definition, I am simply a Nationalist", he said in the statement.

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

In response, Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) tweeted that King's comments "are abhorrent and racist and should have no place in our national discourse".

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

During the November 2018 general election, King narrowly defeated Democrat J.D. Scholten, of Sioux City, by a margin of 50.34 percent to 47.01 percent.

A Republican member of the Iowa state senate announced on Wednesday that he would challenge King in the 2020 Republican primary.

In 2014, Scalise apologized after he was found to have addressed a white supremacist group in 2002 founded by former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke.

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