The number three House Republican leader, GOP Conference Chairwoman Liz Cheney, blasted King's remarks, tweeting about the Timesinterview, "These comments are abhorrent and racist and should have no place in our national discourse".
"I reject those labels and the evil ideology that they define".
A Republican congressman from Iowa who has been accused in the past of racism asked in an interview published on Thursday how the terms "white nationalist" and "white supremacist" became offensive to Americans. "I am simply a Nationalist", he said, not a white nationalist or white supremacist.
King continued: "It's true that like the Founding Fathers I am an advocate for Western Civilization's values, and that I profoundly believe that America is the greatest tangible expression of these ideals the World has ever seen".
Hawaii Democratic Sen. Brian Schatz quipped, "The main thing is that Steve King does not use profanity and that is what matters in the end" - an apparent reference to the backlash surrounding freshman Rep. Rashida Tlaib, a Michigan Democrat, for calling President Donald Trump a "motherf*****".
"What I was really talking about was the continuation of applying labels onto people as freely as they are", King said in the NBC interview Thursday night. "I think it was important that he rejected that kind of evil because that's what it is, it's evil ideology". One of my most closely held beliefs is that we are all created in God's image and that human life is sacred in all forms.
"Congressman Steve King's recent comments, actions, and retweets are completely inappropriate", tweeted Ohio Rep. Steve Stivers, then the chairman of the National Republican Campaign Committee.
"The U.S. House of Representatives must censure Rep. Steve King for his racists remarks".
During the November 2018 general election, King narrowly defeated Democrat J.D. Scholten, of Sioux City, by a margin of 50.34 percent to 47.01 percent.
Republican State Senator Randy Feenstra of Hull announced he will run for congress in the fourth congressional district. "Support for white supremacist ideology should have no place in Congress".
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