Steve King denies support for white supremacy after New York Times report

Congressman Steve King a Republican from Iowa is known for his hard-line views on immigration

House Republicans are criticizing a fellow GOP lawmaker for making what they say are "racist" comments. Steve King (R-Iowa), fresh off the news that he'll face a Republican primary challenger next year, wondered aloud why being a white supremacist is such a bad thing.

And fellow Republican Rep. Justin Amash of MI said: "This is an embrace of racism, and it has no place in Congress or anywhere".

Justin Amash of MI, tweeted, "This is an embrace of racism, and it has no place in Congress or anywhere". And referring to the diverse Democratic crop of House freshmen, he said: "You could look over there and think the Democratic party is no country for white men".

This conviction does not make me a white nationalist or a white supremacist.

"Once again, I reject those labels and the ideology that they define", he said. "Further, I condemn anyone that supports this evil and bigoted ideology which saw in its ultimate expression the systematic murder of 6 million innocent Jewish lives", he said.

"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.

Steve King is facing criticism after he defended white nationalism and white supremacy in an interview.

"We can't restore our civilization with somebody else's babies", he tweeted in 2017.

King also drew flack for saying he didn't want Somali Muslim immigrants working in Iowa pork processing plants.

King did champion Western civilization, which he referenced in his initial comments to the Times.

Cheney wasn't the only Republican congressperson to condemn King's comments.

As the Hill reported, another Michigan Republican, Rep. Paul Mitchell, tagged King and wrote on Twitter: 'The embrace of these terms and philosophies are fundamentally wrong and offensive and have no place in Congress, our nation, or anywhere'. The candidate, Faith Goldy, has promoted books espousing anti-Semitic ideas and defending the white supremacist "14 words" slogan, according to the Toronto Star.

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