Steve King: When Did ‘White Supremacist’ Become Offensive?

Steve King: When Did ‘White Supremacist’ Become Offensive? January 11, 2019

Rep. Steve King, who matches Trump’s tone and rhetoric when it comes to immigration — Latino immigration, that is — is once again showing his own white supremacist credentials when he asks when white supremacy became something offensive. Uh, Steve, it didn’t become offensive; it was offensive and repulsive from the start.

Mr. King, in the interview, said he was not a racist. He pointed to his Twitter timeline showing him greeting Iowans of all races and religions in his Washington office. (The same office once displayed a Confederate flag on his desk.)

“White nationalist, white supremacist, Western civilization — how did that language become offensive?” Mr. King said. “Why did I sit in classes teaching me about the merits of our history and our civilization?”

That’s some seriously dishonest spin, grouping “Western civilization” in with white supremacy. I would argue that the best ideas to come out of Western civilization, particularly the Enlightenment period, are the antithesis and rejection of white supremacy. Those ideals have only been put into practice in certain times and places, but the ideas themselves — equality, liberty, justice — are foursquare against the ideas of white supremacy. But King lumps them together as if they were the same thing.

But the bottom line here is that King has just admitted that he has no problem with white supremacy. This will come as a surprise only to those who have not kept track of his ideas and statements. He is being entirely consistent. The man is a dangerous racist and white supremacist. And yet he keeps getting elected and reelected by the people of his Iowa district. Says a lot about them, don’t you think?

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