Rep. Steve King slammed by fellow GOP colleagues for 'white supremacist' remark

UNITED STATES- NOVEMBER 28 Rep. Steve King R-Iowa leaves a meeting of the House Republican Conference in the Capitol

Tom Williams CQ-Roll Call Group

But already, one Republican Congressman is making life hard.

"Congressman Steve King's recent comments, actions, and retweets are completely inappropriate", tweeted Ohio Rep. Steve Stivers, then the chairman of the National Republican Campaign Committee.

"Everything about white supremacy and white nationalism goes against who we are as a nation", McCarthy said in response to comments King made earlier in the day.

Congressman King is quoted in a New York Times story asking why the phrases "white nationalist, white supremacist and Western civilization" have become offensive.

'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 paper notes that Rep. King "has used racist language in the past, promotes neo-Nazis on Twitter and was recently denounced by one Republican leader as a white supremacist".

Republicans blasted King, who has retweeted a message from a "Nazi sympathizer" and once said about immigration: "We can't restore out civilization with somebody else's babies".

King released a statement following the backlash. America's values are expressed in our founding documents, they are attainable by everyone and we take pride that people of all races, religions, and creeds from around the globe aspire to achieve them. "Under any fair political definition, I am simply a Nationalist", he said in the statement. Once again, I reject those labels and the ideology that they define.

"The U.S. House of Representatives must censure Rep. Steve King for his racists remarks".

And fellow Republican Rep. Justin Amash of MI said: "This is an embrace of racism, and it has no place in Congress or anywhere".

The reporter when on to ask King if he'd been misquoted - and he refused to answer.

Despite the criticism, King narrowly won re-election in November. "We must stand up against white supremacy and hate in all forms, and I strongly condemn this behavior".

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

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