White Supremacist Rep. Steve King Wonders Why Being White Supremacist Is Offensive

White Supremacist Rep. Steve King Wonders Why Being White Supremacist Is Offensive

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy called King's comments "reckless" and "wrong".

"This is an embrace of racism, and it has no place in Congress or anywhere", Representative Justin Amash, the Republican from MI, tweeted.

He continued: 'This conviction does not make me a white nationalist or a white supremacist.

"Once again, I reject those labels and the ideology that they define", he said.

"What I was really talking about was the continuation of applying labels onto people as freely as they are", King said in the NBC interview Thursday night.

Rep. Steve Scalise of Louisiana, the No. 2 House Republican, also weighed in.

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Asked to weigh in on King's comments, House Republican Whip Steve Scalise of Lousiana told reporters, "It's offensive to try to legitimize those terms". "I think it was important that he rejected that kind of evil because that's what it is, it's evil ideology". 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. Scalise said he didn't know of the group's racial views.

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. They are somebody else's babies. Then he doubled down on CNN, telling the network, "I'd like to see an America that's just so homogeneous that we look a lot the same".

Several top Republicans spoke out to condemn the remark.

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'. "We must stand up against white supremacy and hate in all forms, and I strongly condemn this behavior".

King won a 9th term in Congress in November in his closest election yet.

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

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