Sunday, 20 January, 2019

Republicans slam Rep. King for what they call racist remarks

Rep. Steve King R-Iowa attends a rally with Angel Families on the East Front of the Capitol to highlight crimes committed by undocumented immigrants in the U.S White Supremacist Rep. Steve King Wonders Why Being White Supremacist Is Offensive
Kenny Thornton | 13 January, 2019, 21:54

Steve King (R-Iowa), fresh off the news that he'll face a Republican primary challenger next year, wondered aloud why being a white supremacist is such a bad thing.

In a New York Times article on King's penchant for spouting demonizing rhetoric about immigrants, King himself told the newspaper that he doesn't understand when "that language" became "offensive".

It's not the first time some Republicans have denounced King, nor the first time King has said his intent is to defend "Western civilization". Mr. King said. "Why did I sit in classes teaching me about the merits of our history and our civilization?"...

We reached out to Congressman King's office today to clarify the statement.

Republican Representative Liz Cheney, of Wyoming-the third-ranking GOP House member-said on Thursday that comments on white supremacy from Republican Representative Steve King, of Iowa, were "abhorrent and racist".

"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.

No Canadians among dead in Cuba bus crash that killed seven: government
The driver told local media that he was driving slowly and lost control due to a wet road at around 15:00 local time (20:00 GMT). A year ago in all of Cuba there were over 11,000 vehicle accidents on their poorly-conditioned highways.

King, who has been widely criticized in the past for his support of far-right parties and politicians, pushed backed against the Times' suggestion "that I am an advocate for white nationalism and white supremacy".

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

It's true that like the Founding Fathers I am an advocate for Western Civilization's values, and that I profoundly believe that America is the greatest tangible expression of these ideals the World has ever seen. He added that he thought it "was important that (King) rejected that kind of evil" when the Iowa Republican put out a statement later on Twitter.

Rep. Tim Ryan, D-Ohio, called for the House to formally censure King "for his racists remarks".

Ahead of the 2018 midterms, then National Republican Congressional Committee Chairman Steve Shivers condemned King's comments as "completely inappropriate", and the campaign arm pulled its support.

Republican State Senator Randy Feenstra of Hull announced he will run for congress in the fourth congressional district.

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