Republicans slam colleague for what they call racist remarks

Blanche Robertson
January 13, 2019

Rep. Steve King became embroiled in another national controversy Thursday after the Iowa 4th District congressman seemed to defend white supremacy in a New York Times article.

Hawaii Democratic Sen. Brian Schatz quipped, "The main thing is that Steve King does not use profanity and that is what matters in the end" - an apparent reference to the backlash surrounding freshman Rep. Rashida Tlaib, a Michigan Democrat, for calling President Donald Trump a "motherf*****".

King, 69, has attained notoriety for statements and positions that appeal to white nationalists.

King later tweeted that he regards white nationalism and white supremacy as "evil", but this is not the first time the Iowa lawmaker has seemingly expressed sympathy with white supremacists. He said he supports immigrants who come to the USA legally and assimilate, since "the culture of America" matters more than race. He has said gay people are "condemned to hell", he believes it should be legal to fire people for being gay, and has advocated for gay people to lie and say they are straight to avoid being fired. Like the Founding Fathers, he wrote, "I am an advocate for Western Civilization's values".

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

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"I have said that diversity is not a strength", he continued. "I am dedicated to keeping America this way". "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".

Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich.) in a tweet called out King's "embrace of racism" and said it "has no place in Congress or anywhere".

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

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

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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