King Claims He’s A ‘Nationalist’ And Advocate For Western Values, Not Racist

UNITED STATES - NOVEMBER 28: Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, leaves a meeting of the House Republican Conference in the Capitol on November 28, 2018. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)
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Just hours after being directly quoted in the New York Times questioning why terms like “white nationalist” and “white supremacists” are considered “offensive,” Rep. Steve King (R-IA) attempted to clarify his comments: “I am simply a Nationalist,” he said in a statement posted to Twitter.

“Today the New York Times is suggesting that I am an advocate for white nationalism and white supremacy,” he said. “I want to make one thing abundantly clear; I reject those labels and the evil ideology that they define.”

While it appears he’s attempting to combat the Times story, King gave the newspaper a clear quote: “White nationalist, white supremacist, Western civilization — how did that language become offensive?”

King is hardly a stranger to public uproar over his comments and affiliations with neo-Nazis and other white supremacist-affiliated groups.

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