A Defiant King Says He Has ‘Nothing To Apologize For,’ Will Run For Reelection

Rep. Steve King (R-IA) testifies during a House Veterans' Affairs Committee hearing on September 26, 2017. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
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February 22, 2019 7:57 a.m.

Blaming the “elitists,” “power brokers” and the media for his swift downfall over his comments about white supremacy, an obstinant Rep. Steve King (R-IA) told the local Iowa Press that he has “nothing to apologize for” and confirmed he’ll seek reelection in 2020.

“Don’t let the elitists in this country, the power brokers in this country, tell you who’s going to represent you in the United States Congress,” he told the Iowa Press, confirming his 2020 bid, despite drawing three primary challengers.

He described his comments to the New York Times — where he was quoted questioning when the term white supremacist became “offensive” — as a “misquote” and blamed the media for “weaponizing” his remarks.

“If you would just hold these publications to what is true, there is no story whatsoever,” he said. “There’s no part of me that believes in anything that’s advocated by folks that identify themselves as white nationalists or white supremacy.”

King was booted from all of his committee posts and condemned by members of his own party after the Times published King’s remarks. But it’s hardly the first time the congressman has been roundly criticized for making racist or anti-immigrant statements.

Watch the interview with Iowa Press below:

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