After the story was published by the Times Thursday, the paper said that King had issued a statement in which he described himself as a “nationalist” and supporter of "western civilization's values," but said of "white nationalist" and "white supremacy" terminology: “I want to make one thing abundantly clear: I reject those labels and the evil ideology they define.”
Asked why he made that comment, King told NBC Thursday, “That was in the context of a long interview for the New York Times.”
NOW on @NBCNightlyNews: @kasie speaks with GOP Rep. Steve King about his controversial comments in a New York Times interview, which some people are calling racist.
And House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., called the remarks "reckless" and "wrong": “Everything about white supremacy and white nationalism goes against who we are as a nation," he said.
Lawmakers rarely censure their colleagues. But Democrats are building support for just that after @SteveKingIA’s comments embracing white supremacy. Few (if any?) House GOPers are defending him. Read @lbarronlopez & @BresPolitico
That quote from King inspired Andrew Anglin, the founder of neo-Nazi news and commentary site Daily Stormer, to write: “Steve King is basically an open white nationalist at this point."
Right now @KasieHunt confronting Steve King about white nationalist comments he made @nytimes @NBCNightlyNews
King was quoted in an interview published in The New York Times Thursday wondering when language like "white supremacist" or "white nationalist" became offensive.
"Today, The New York Times is suggesting that I am an advocate for white nationalism and white supremacy," King said in a statement on Thursday.
The new House Republican conference chair says Steve King made racist comments.
Republican Representative Liz Cheney, of Wyoming—the third-ranking GOP House member—said on Thursday that comments on white supremacy from Republican Representative Steve King, of Iowa, were "abhorrent and 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
King has a long history of accusations of racism—and after the Times story hit on Thursday, a leader from his own party lobbed that allegation.
House Republicans criticize fellow GOP lawmaker Steve King for making abhorrent and racist comments. It has no place in Congress or anywhere.
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House Republicans are criticizing a fellow Republican lawmaker for making what they say are racist comments. “White nationalist, white supremacist, Western civilization, how did that language become offensive? -Republican Rep. Steve King @nytimes Remark
Liz Cheney tears into Steve King for abhorrent and racist comments about white supremacy
Steve Kings White Supremacy Comments Send Conservatives Running
Im sure this will come as a surprise to absolutely no one, but neither Tucker, Hannity nor Ingraham mentioned frequent Fox guest Congressman Steve Kings white supremacy comments tonight. Last week they spent multiple nights pearl-clutching over Rashida Tlaib cursing.
Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, did not deny making inflammatory comments to the New York Times about white nationalism and white supremacy — though he insisted in an interview that he rejects both of those mindsets. w @alexnbcnews