PoliticsSteve King defends himself on House floor against ‘white nationalist’ criticism

22:20  11 january  2019
22:20  11 january  2019 Source:   rollcall.com

Steve King identifies himself as a 'nationalist,' defends earlier comments

Steve King identifies himself as a 'nationalist,' defends earlier comments Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) sought to defend himself on Thursday after facing blowback from fellow Republicans for asking how the terms "white nationalist" and "white supremacist" became offensive. King tried to offer a distinction between nationalist and nationalism in favor of white people. "Under any fair political definition, I am simply a Nationalist," King said in a statement. "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.

Steve King for defending white nationalism , breaking their months-long silence on the Iowa Republican and his history of inflammatory remarks. “ White nationalist , white supremacist, Western civilization — how did that language become offensive?” King said in the interview, which was

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Steve King defends himself on House floor against ‘white nationalist’ criticism© Provided by CQ Roll Call, Inc. Iowa Republican Rep. Steve King said his conversation with the New York Times was about how offensive language has been “injected into the political dialogue. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Rep. Steve King spoke on the House floor Friday to address what he referred to as “heartburn that seems to be churning across the media and America today” after the New York Times quoted him questioning how labels like “white nationalists” and “white supremacists” became offensive.

The Iowa Republican read the quote from the New York Times article in which he was reported saying: “White nationalists, white supremacists, western civilization — how did that language become offensive? Why did I sit in classes teaching me about the merits of our history and our civilization?”

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White nationalism is a type of nationalism or pan- nationalism which espouses the belief that white people are a race and seeks to develop and maintain a white national identity. Its proponents identify with and are attached to the concept of a white nation.

Steve King has become a surprise electoral bellwether for Democrats’ chances of retaking the House . Yet as of Monday, his lead against Democratic challenger J.D. Scholten has narrowed to just one Most recently, King told an Austrian nationalist Web site that America must “ defend Western

King suggested that the Times misrepresented the context of the comment, saying the conversation was about how those words became part of the nation’s political discourse.

“How did that offensive language get injected into our political dialogue?” he said.

King read into the record a statement he put out after the New York Times article published saying in part, “I reject those labels and the evil ideology they define.”

He said he regrets the “heartburn” his comments have caused while also expressing frustration at those questioning his character.

“The people know me know I wouldn’t even have to make this statement, because they do know me,” he said, noting, “There’s nothing about my family or my history or my neighborhood that [supports] these false accusations.”

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House calls out Steve King in vote to condemn white nationalism.
The House on Tuesday passed a resolution that calls out Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, for comments that many say showed support for white nationalism and white supremacy. require(["medianetNativeAdOnArticle"], function (medianetNativeAdOnArticle) { medianetNativeAdOnArticle.getMedianetNativeAds(true); }); The resolution of disapproval, introduced by House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn, R-S.C., noted King's recent comments to The New York Times that many called racist, and was passed with broad support, including a "yes" vote from King himself.

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