GOP Congressman Steve King defends white supremacy and white nationalism in a recent interview with the New York Times.
King, a conservative Christian congressman representing Iowa, has a well deserved reputation for taking controversial positions defending racism, bigotry, and anti-LGBT sentiments.
Speaking with the New York Times earlier this week King defended white supremacy and white nationalism, at one point asking how the terms “white supremacy” and “white nationalism” became offensive:
White nationalist, white supremacist, Western civilization — how did that language become offensive?
Why did I sit in classes teaching me about the merits of our history and our civilization?
(Note that by conflating white nationalism and white supremacy with Western civilization King is trying to reduce all of Western civilization to its most sordid components. And while there is no doubt that the racism and bigotry King advocates is a shameful product of Western civilization, the attempt to reduce Western civilization to white nationalism and white supremacy is a deplorable, ignoble, and dishonest enterprise.)
King’s comments defending white nationalism and white supremacy came as part of an expansive report documenting how King’s racist politics set the stage for Trump’s anti-immigrant politics.
Indeed, King has often and repeatedly made offensive and racist remarks.
For example, last October King defended his support of European Nazis by claiming that if they were in the U.S. they would be Republicans.
Speaking to The Washington Post after a shooter identified as a Christian Nationalist killed 11 at a Pittsburgh Synagogue, King defended his support of white supremacists and Nazis. Commenting on his support of Austria’s Freedom Party, a group founded by a former Nazi SS officer and whose current leader was active in neo-Nazi circles, King said:
If they (European Nazis) were in America pushing the platform that they push, they would be Republicans.
In fact, King’s support for Nazis and white supremacists is nothing new. Last year the Iowa congressman raised eyebrows when he retweeted a message endorsing white supremacist Geert Wilders, a far-right candidate for Dutch prime minister.
In addition to being a White Nationalist, King is also a dangerous conservative Christian extremist. Previously, while appearing on CNN, King argued that gay and lesbian parents should not be eligible for child care tax credits, claiming that only so-called “natural families” were the only families that deserve child care tax credits.
Bottom line: Conservative Christian Congressman Steve King, the man who set the agenda for Trump’s anti-immigrant politics, defends white supremacy and white nationalism.