U.S. Congressman Steve King (R-IA) is now defending himself after The New York Times published an interview Thursday in which he made remarks defending both white nationalism and white supremacism. Rep. King asked the paper of record when “white nationalism” and “white supremacism” became “offensive,” drawing attention to his long history of racist and bigoted remarks.
“Today, the New York Times is suggesting that I am an advocate for white nationalism and white supremacy,” King said in a statement. “I want to make one thing abundantly clear; I reject those labels and the evil ideology that they define. Further, I condemn anyone that supports this evil and bigoted ideology which saw in its ultimate expression the systematic murder of 6 million innocent Jewish lives.”
King is referring to these remarks published in the lengthy interview the Times ran Thursday:
“White nationalist, white supremacist, Western civilization — how did that language become offensive?” Mr. King said. “Why did I sit in classes teaching me about the merits of our history and our civilization?”
In his statement Congressman King did not deny making the offensive remarks in which he asked when white nationalism and white supremacism had become offensive.
And he wasn’t done trying to cover up his racist past. Instead, in his press release King actually compared himself to the Founding Fathers.
“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,” he wrote. “Under any fair political definition, I am simply a Nationalist. America’s values are expressed in our founding documents, they are attainable by everyone and we take pride that people of all races, religions, and creeds from around the globe aspire to achieve them. I am dedicated to keeping America this way.”
That’s false. King has a long record of making racist and bigoted remarks.
“This conviction does not make me a white nationalist or a white supremacist. Once again, I reject those labels and the ideology that they define. As I told the New York Times, ‘it’s not about race; it’s never been about race.’ One of my most strongly held beliefs is that we are all created in God’s image and that human life is sacred in all its forms.”
Despite his pleas and denials, Rep. King, possibly for the first time in his nearly two-decade tenure as a House Republican, is getting some push back from (a handful of) Republicans.
Rep. Liz Cheney of Wyoming called his comments “racist”:
These comments are abhorrent and racist and should have no place in our national discourse. Steve King asks how terms ‘white nationalist’ and ‘white supremacist’ became offensive | TheHill https://t.co/yL23avpNFB
— Liz Cheney (@Liz_Cheney) January 10, 2019
Rep. Justin Amash of Michigan labeled King’s remarks “an embrace of racism”:
This is an embrace of racism, and it has no place in Congress or anywhere. https://t.co/jUXsNgckPE
— Justin Amash (@justinamash) January 10, 2019
Image by Gage Skidmore via Flickr and a CC license
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White Alabama Republican Calls Black City Council Colleague ‘N’ Word and Refuses to Apologize or Resign
Tarrant, Alabama Republican city councilman Tommy Bryant is under fire after standing up during Monday night’s meeting and asking, “Do we have a house n***er in here? Do we? Do we? Would she please stand up?”
Bryant was referring to fellow city council member Veronica Freeman, and claims he was just repeating what Tarrant Mayor Wayman Newton, the city’s first Black mayor, had called her, AL.com reports.
Alabama Democratic Party executive director Wade Perry is calling Bryant “a racist unfit to serve,” and demanding he resign.
“Alabama still has a long way to go when it comes to race, but cozying up to the KKK and using the N word should make you unfit to serve,” Perry said in a statement. “These racists belong in the history books with Bull Connor and George Wallace, not on the taxpayer’s payroll.”
Even the Alabama Republican Party’s Chairman, John Wahl, denounced Bryant’s racist remarks, calling them “completely unacceptable in any setting.”
“The Alabama Republican Party is deeply troubled by the racially charged outburst and disrespect shown by Councilman Tommy Bryant. Such language is completely unacceptable in any setting, and even more concerning coming from an elected official.”
Bama Politics adds that “Bryant has been defiant since his outburst, refusing to resign and saying that he now plans to run for Mayor instead.”
‘The Terror Hotspots Were Trump Rallies’: Former WH Aide Stephen Miller Slammed After Attacking Biden on Twitter
Stephen Miller, perhaps the most despised member of the Trump administration who is not the former president, apparently decided to test the waters of his personal Twitter account just hours after Joe Biden was sworn in to office as the 46th President.
It did not go well.
“Today, @POTUS pledged to be a president for all Americans,” he tweeted about President Joe Biden. “It’s unclear how all Americans are served by opening travel from terror hot spots, proposing a giant amnesty, or halting the installation of security barriers along the Southwest border.”
He was immediately “ratioed,” Twitter slang for getting significantly more comments than retweets or likes.
Currently, his tweet has over 9000 comments, but just 1600 retweets and just 700 likes.
Miller, who has been characterized as a white nationalist and a white supremacist, is responsible for some of President Trump’s worst policies. Among them, separating children from their parents at the border to intentionally terrorize them into telling others from Central America to not attempt to enter the U.S.
He was also the architect of Trump’s Muslim ban.
Here are some of the responses.
It turns out the terror hotspots were Trump rallies, so.
— Asha Rangappa (@AshaRangappa_) January 20, 2021
Your rock awaits. Slither back under it now.
— Helen Kennedy (@HelenKennedy) January 20, 2021
Says the person who advocated for a "zero tolerance" immigration policy, leading to hundreds of families separated at the border.
To this date, children are without parents because of your and your boss's failures.
— Aaron Parnas (@AaronParnas) January 20, 2021
You're genuinely one of the worst people on the planet
— Parker Molloy (@ParkerMolloy) January 20, 2021
Is this not Gab? I think he was looking for Gab.
— Tim Miller (@Timodc) January 20, 2021
Looking forward to seeing you chained in a crate.
— Benjamin Dreyer (@BCDreyer) January 20, 2021
don't you have a flight to Argentina to catch and an assumed name to get used to?
— Kelsey D. Atherton (@AthertonKD) January 20, 2021
Hey, hopefully one day you will be held accountable for your crimes you white supremacist pos
— SPIRAL CURSE DEMARCO (@Clarknova1) January 20, 2021
Steve King Just Can’t Give a Straight Answer When a Constituent Asks Him if White Societies Are ‘Superior’
‘That’s So Hypothetical’
Rep. Steve King (R-IA) seems keenly aware that his longtime personal style of espousing open white supremacy is starting to wreck his political career.
Perhaps for that reason, at a recent town hall event, King tried a slightly different tack —as The New York Times reported:
“Do you think a white society is superior to a nonwhite society?” Mary Lavelle, 63, asked, testing his reputation for white supremacist sympathies.
“I don’t have an answer for that. That’s so hypothetical,” Mr. King, Republican of Iowa, told her. “I’ll say this, America is not a white society — it has never been a completely white society. We came here and joined the Native Americans.”
He continued: “I’ve long said that a baby can be lifted out of a cradle anywhere in the world and brought into any home in America, whatever the color of the folks in that household, and they can be raised to be American as any other. And I believe that every one of us, every one of us, is created in God’s image.”
Leaving aside the ridiculousness of King’s claim that we “joined the Native Americans” when in fact the colonists and their descendants conducted a brutal genocide against them, King has not “long said” that a baby from anywhere in the world could be raised American. In fact, he famously said the exact opposite in 2017, warning that “We can’t restore our civilization with somebody else’s babies.”
For years, King was given total impunity by his Republican colleagues to engage in appalling racism, from claiming that most young Mexicans are drug mules to giving an interview to a Nazi-founded Austrian group during a Holocaust education trip. The last straw, however, was an interview with The New York Times in January, in which he demanded to know when “white nationalist” and “white supremacist” became offensive terms. Finally recognizing King was a political liability, Republicans condemned him and stripped him of his House committee assignments.
Now, it seems, King is trying to reinvent his public image. But if his answer on “white societies” is representative of his efforts, it won’t end well for him.
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