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Steve King questions why terms like 'white supremacist' are racist

White Supremacist Rep. Steve King Wonders Why Being White Supremacist Is Offensive Liz Cheney rips "racist" Steve King for questioning why the label “white supremacist” is offensive
Deanna Wagner | 13 January, 2019, 14:16

Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) asked how phrases like "white supremacist" are considered offensive in a New York Times interview published Thursday, continuing his far-right rhetoric that has led many to label him as racist. "Today, The New York Times is suggesting that I am an advocate for white nationalism and white supremacy", King said in a statement on Thursday.

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. 'Why did I sit in classes teaching me about the merits of our history and our civilization?'

King's statement referenced the nation's founding documents.

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".

In November, King drew a strong rebuke from the chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee after making a string of comments and retweets relating to white nationalists and supremacists.

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'Further, I condemn anyone that supports this evil and bigoted ideology which saw in its ultimate expression the systematic murder of 6 million innocent Jewish lives, ' he said, bringing up the Holocaust.

The comments set off a firestorm of attacks on the congressman online, including from one of the top-ranking Republicans in the US House, Rep. Liz Cheney. "I think it was important that he rejected that kind of evil because that's what it is, it's evil ideology".

In the interview, King credits himself with President Trump's shift to his own hardline views on immigration. "Under any fair political definition, I am simply a Nationalist", he said in the statement. 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.

Republican State Senator Randy Feenstra of Hull announced he will run for congress in the fourth congressional district. "We must stand up against white supremacy and hate in all forms, and I strongly condemn this behavior".