During an interview with the @nytimes, US Congressman Steve King asked how the terms white nationalist and white supremacist were considered “offensive.”
In a Thursday interview with The New York Times, Rep. Steve King (R-IA) has decried the demonization of the term “white supremacist,” he wondered why the term had become offensive in the first place.
King first stated that he supported immigrants who came to America legally and assimilated into the culture because, according to him , maintaining a “white European” “culture of America” is more important than maintaining racial homogeneity. “White nationalist, white supremacist, Western civilization, how did that language become offensive?” King asked.
“Why did I sit in classes teaching me about the merits of our history and our civilization?” he added.
The comments came as part of an expansive report from the newspaper on King’s views on immigration and how they mirror much of what President Trump has pushed for during his presidency.
King, for example, once went on the House floor to showcase a 12-foot wall for the southern border that he designed, the Times notes.
Trump is now demanding $5.7 billion for a steel barrier along the U.S.-Mexico border to be included in a government spending bill, a campaign promise Democrats oppose.
King has repeatedly shown maximum support for The President Trump in closing the border.
.@realDonaldTrump hang in there with us on $5.7 billion for the wall funding! It’s your mandate from the American People. I will be the last to blink!
— Steve King (@SteveKingIA) December 20, 2018
The impasse has led to a partial government shutdown that is nearing its fourth week.
The Times notes that Trump invited King to the Oval Office early in his presidency. King told the newspaper that the president boasted of raising more for King’s campaigns than anyone else.
“Yes, Mr. President,” King replied. “But I market-tested your immigration policy for 14 years, and that ought to be worth something.”
King’s divisive comments about immigration have led to scrutiny in the past years. He once tweeted that diversity is not America’s strength.
Diversity is not our strength. Hungarian Prime Minister Victor Orban, “Mixing cultures will not lead to a higher quality of life but a lower one.” https://t.co/ZlMXzcc87w
— Steve King (@SteveKingIA) December 8, 2017
King dismissed his critics in November as “uninformed,” saying, “if you attack someone and you don’t cite anything, you’re just a cannibal.”
King defeated the Democrat opponent despite his outrageous outbursts before the midterm election.
King has represented Iowa’s 4th Congressional District since 2013, said that he did not consider himself a racist.