October 22, 2019

Rep. King: When Did ‘White Supremacist’ Become ‘Offensive’?

Photo from Flickr/Gage Skidmore.

Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa.) is currently under fire for being quoted in The New York Times asking how the term “white supremacist” became “offensive.”

The article, which focused on King’s support for a border wall before President Trump made it his hallmark campaign issue, says that King told them he’s in favor of immigrants who come to the country legally and assimilate into American culture.

The Times then quotes King as saying, “White nationalist, white supremacist, 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?”

The reported quote has prompted calls to Congress from the Anti-Defamation League and Journal columnist Ben Shapiro to censure King:

King released a Thursday statement in which he denied that he’s a white supremacist:

King has previously come under fire for endorsing a white nationalist mayoral candidate in Toronto and re-tweeting white nationalist Twitter accounts. He has been in Congress since 2003.