Republicans slam Rep. King for what they call racist remarks

White Supremacist Rep. Steve King Wonders Why Being White Supremacist Is Offensive

White Supremacist Rep. Steve King Wonders Why Being White Supremacist Is Offensive

"Steve's language is reckless, wrong, and has no place in our society", the California Republican said in a statement.

The Iowa lawmaker responded in a statement Thursday where he went after the Times, which included the quote deep into a profile of King, and even invoked the Holocaust.

A Republican congressman from Iowa who has been accused in the past of racism asked in an interview published on Thursday how the terms "white nationalist" and "white supremacist" became offensive to Americans. He also posed the question, "Why did I sit in classes teaching me about the merits of our history and our civilization?"

The reporter when on to ask King if he'd been misquoted - and he refused to answer. "I want to make one thing abundantly clear; I reject those labels and the evil ideology that they define".

King later issued a statement saying he is neither a white nationalist nor a white supremacist.

WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 26: Rep. Steve King (R-IA) testifies during a House Veterans' Affairs Committee hearing, September 26, 2017 in Washington, DC. He faced a deluge of negative press in the closing days of the campaign for his support of right wing political candidates in Canada and Eastern Europe who've supported white supremacist ideals. "I think it was important that he rejected that kind of evil because that's what it is, it's evil ideology". 3 Republican, said King's remarks were "abhorrent and racist and should have no place in our national discourse".

"Dear Steve King (@SteveKingIA): FYI this is one reason you get bad search results when people type your name in Google", Rep. Ted Lieu, a California Democrat, tweeted.

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".

Last year, King tweeted, "We can't restore our civilization with somebody else's babies", later telling CNN's Chris Cuomo that he "meant exactly what I said".