Joni Ernst Says Fellow Iowan Steve King’s Words Are ‘Offensive And Racist’

DES MOINES, IOWA - MARCH 17: U.S. Sen. Joni Ernst (R-IA) answers questions at a Town Hall meeting on the campus of Drake University, March 17, 2017 in Des Moines, Iowa. Ernst faced a confrontational crowd when discus... DES MOINES, IOWA - MARCH 17: U.S. Sen. Joni Ernst (R-IA) answers questions at a Town Hall meeting on the campus of Drake University, March 17, 2017 in Des Moines, Iowa. Ernst faced a confrontational crowd when discussing health care and climate change. (Photo by Steve Pope/Getty Images) MORE LESS
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Sen. Joni Ernst (R-IA) added to the number of Republican colleagues condemning Rep. Steve King’s (R-IA) white supremacy comments in a Saturday morning tweet.

“They are offensive and racist — and not representative of our state of Iowa,” Ernst tweeted.

King told the New York Times that he doesn’t understand when language including “white nationalist” and “white supremacist” became offensive. He also told the Times that immigrant assimilation is more important than race since the “culture of America” is “based on values brought to the United States by whites from Europe.”

During a speech from the House floor on Friday, King claimed the quote was taken out of context of the broader conversation he said he was having when he made the “freshman mistake” of taking a call from a Times reporter.

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