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PoliticsBiden blasts Steve King for 'white supremacist' comments

08:55  12 january  2019
08:55  12 january  2019 Source:   thehill.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 (R-Iowa) on Friday in a Washington Post op-ed, following an interview in which King used racist language and questioned how “ white nationalist” and “[A]nyone who needs ‘ white nationalist’ or ‘ white supremacist ’ defined, described and defended does lack some pretty common knowledge

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Biden blasts Steve King for 'white supremacist' comments© Getty Images Vice President Joe Biden Former Vice President Joe Biden ripped Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) on Friday for his comments questioning how the terms "white nationalist" and "white supremacist" became offensive.

Biden took to Twitter on Friday night to blast the outspoken Republican, who attempted to defuse the controversy earlier in the day with a speech on the House floor.

"White supremacists and their shameful ideology should have no place in this country in 2019, let alone a voice of sympathy in the United States Congress," Biden wrote.

King made the initial remarks in an interview with The New York Times published Thursday.

"White nationalist, white supremacist, Western civilization - how did that language become offensive?" King asked in the interview. "Why did I sit in classes teaching me about the merits of our history and our civilization?"

King's comments drew widespread backlash, with some lawmakers calling for the House to censure him, and Speaker Pelosi (D-Calif.) saying there is "interest" to take action on him.

"One phrase in that long article has created an unnecessary controversy. That was my mistake," King said on the House floor on Friday. "I've never been anti-immigrant. I have been anti-illegal immigrant, and I remain that way."

Biden is seen by many as a top possible Democratic presidential candidate in 2020. He has said he would make a decision soon regarding his candidacy.

He has been an outspoken critic of Trump and has leant his voice to several Democratic causes in the years since he left the White House with former President Obama.


Steve King tries to raise campaign money after being punished for his comments on white supremacy.
Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, is using the backlash from his comments about white nationalism to raise money for his next campaign. "The unhinged left has teamed up with Republican 'NeverTrumpers' and is pulling out all the stops to destroy me," King wrote in a campaign email to his supporters, according to the Des Moines Register. King came under fire for comments he made in a New York Times interview, which were perceived as racist.

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