Republicans slam Rep. King for what they call racist remarks

Congressman Steve King a Republican from Iowa is known for his hard-line views on immigration

In a New York Times article on King's penchant for spouting demonizing rhetoric about immigrants, King himself told the newspaper that he doesn't understand when "that language" became "offensive".

Steve King questioned how terms like "white nationalist" and "white supremacist" have become racist - comments that prompted stinging rebukes from his fellow Republicans and even a primary challenger. He also posed the question, "Why did I sit in classes teaching me about the merits of our history and our civilization?"

King released a statement following the backlash.

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". 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".

King did say that he is "an advocate for Western Civilization's values", and "simply a Nationalist".

Law&Crime contacted King's office for comment on this, but they have not responded.

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"Today, the New York Times is suggesting that I am an advocate for white nationalism and white supremacy". 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.

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

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".

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. "Mexican food. Chinese food", King said at the time.

"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".

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

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