"White nationalist, white supremacist, Western civilization - how did that language become offensive", Rep. Steve King (R-IA) was quoted as saying in The New York Times Thursday. 'Why did I sit in classes teaching me about the merits of our history and our civilization?' King asked in an MSNBC appearance. But already, one Republican Congressman is making life hard.
"The rationale is that if infidels are eating this pork, they aren't eating it, so as long as they're preparing this pork for infidels, it helps send 'em to hell and it'll make Allah happy", King said on the radio in June.
King continued: "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".
King added in the statement that he was "simply a Nationalist".More news: Sanders Apologizes Amid New Allegation of Staff Harassment
He has been accused of being a white supremacist in the past.
The comment drew a denunciation from a member of House Republican leadership. "We must stand up against white supremacy and hate in all forms, and I strongly condemn this behavior".
As the Hill reported, another Michigan Republican, Rep. Paul Mitchell, tagged King and wrote on Twitter: 'The embrace of these terms and philosophies are fundamentally wrong and offensive and have no place in Congress, our nation, or anywhere'.More news: Company uses AI to catch people sharing Netflix passwords with friends
And the number three House Republican leader, GOP Conference Chairwoman Liz Cheney, blasted King's remarks, tweeting about the Times interview, "These comments are abhorrent and racist and should have no place in our national discourse".
Democrats also attacked or mocked King.
King later tweeted that he regards white nationalism and white supremacy as "evil".
In an interview with a far-right Austrian publication, King suggested that immigration and diversity brought risks. "Mexican food. Chinese food", King said at the time.More news: Steelers president on Antonio Brown: ‘We’ll look at all the options’