Steve King Asks: When Did the Term White Supremacy Become Offensive?
Iowa Congressman Steve King (R) has always stood out for his unabashedly pro-white views. Criticism against King reached a flashpoint prior to the 2018 midterms, but he was still able to defeat Democratic challenger J.D. Scholten.
A revealing piece in today’s New York Times credits King with informing Donald Trump’s anti-immigrant policies. The article also includes quotes by King that are again, unashamedly racist.
King asked interviewer, Trip Gabriel, “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?”
King also gives himself credit for much of Trump’s immigration rhetoric. Recalling a meeting with the president where Trump bragged about the amount of money he had raised for the Congressman, King replied, “Yes, Mr. President. But I market-tested your immigration policy for 14 years, and that ought to be worth something.”
Despite his healthy relationship with Trump, King stands as somewhat of a pariah among Republicans. He was censured by NRCC Chairman, Steve Stivers, shortly before the 2018 midterms.
Stivers said of King, “Congressman Steve King’s recent comments, actions, and retweets are completely inappropriate. We must stand up against white supremacy and hate in all forms, and I strongly condemn this behavior.”
Republican leaders that want to attract more people to the party feel that King is doing them irreparable harm. Former congressman, Carlos Curbelo (R-FL) said of the Iowa Congressman, “Great damage has been done. For anyone who cares about having a small-government, free-enterprise party in America that can aspire to win national elections, it’s a real concern.”
King, however, seems emboldened by both his 2018 midterm victory and Donald Trump’s continued rhetoric. While he may be an albatross to the National Republican party, he remains very popular among voters in his district.