Congressman Blasted for Defense of White Nationalism

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King has insisted he is an advocate for "Western civilization", not white supremacy or white nationalism.

The House will vote this week, and as soon as Tuesday, to condemn Iowa Republican Rep.

"I have no tolerance for such positions and those who espouse these views are not supporters of American ideals and freedoms", McConnell said.

The nine-term Republican later tried to explain away the controversy, criticizing the Times for saying he supported an "evil and bigoted ideology" and claiming in a House floor speech that he had merely asked, "How did that offensive language get injected into our political dialogue?"

Clyburn, on the other hand, said he was hesitant to censure King.

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) told CBS on Sunday, "That language has no place in America".

Before the November election, Ohio Rep. Steve Stivers, the chairman of the House GOP's campaign arm, issued an extraordinary public denunciation of him, writing: "We must stand up against white supremacy and hate in all forms, and I strongly condemn this behavior".

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Many were outraged by King's comments questioning the offensiveness of white supremacy.

Scott went on to discuss incidents of white supremacy, including the white supremacist who recently killed two black people in a parking lot in Kentucky; the rally in Charlottsville, 18 months ago, when white nationalists killed a white woman with a auto and "severely beat multiple black people;" an incident four years ago when a white supremacist murdered nine African Americans in a church in Charleston, S.C. and the 1998 killing of James Byrd, Jr. "Why did I sit in classes teaching me about the merits of our history and our civilization?"

"I may not have everybody with me, but this is one member of Congress [who] will stand up to Steve King and his entire ilk and ideology", he said.

"He has become too comfortable with proudly insulting, disrespecting, and denigrating people of color", Rush said in a statement. I haven't given it any thought.

The long-serving representative claimed, additionally, that he is not a racist.

Romney has earlier said he would speak out against President Donald Trump if he makes divisive, racist, sexist, anti-immigrant or dishonest statements.

"It doesn't matter if you're a Democrat or Republican, we all have a responsibility to call out Rep. King's hateful and racist comments", Ryan said. Randy Feenstra announced he will challenge King in the Republican primary.