Republicans in Washington criticized one of their own on Friday, slashing at Iowa Rep. Steve King for making what they said were ‘racist’ statements in a New York Times interview.
Chief among King’s latest critics is South Carolina legislator Tim Scott, the U.S. Senate’s sole black Republican.
‘Some in our party wonder why Republicans are constantly accused of racism – it is because of our silence when things like this are said,’ Scott wrote in a Washington Post op-ed.
‘Immigration is the perfect example, in which somehow our affection for the rule of law has become conflated with a perceived racism against brown and black people.’
King, an eight-term lawmaker, was quoted in the Times saying, ‘White nationalist, white supremacist, Western civilization – how did that language become offensive?’
He told DailyMail.com on Friday that he regretted speaking to the Times.
‘I took a call and made a freshman mistake,’ King wrote. ‘I can’t take the position [that] it is out of context but it doesn’t reflect my life or my positions.’
King also said he didn’t have a recording of the interview.
In a House floor speech Friday morning, he complained about being labeled a bigot.
‘Labels have been hurled in this country at people like we have never seen in this history of America,’ King said.
‘One of my most strongly held beliefs is that we are all created in God’s image, and that human life is sacred in all of its forms.’
But his comment to the Times drew denunciations from members of House Republican leadership.
Wyoming Rep. Liz Cheney, the No. 3 Republican, said King’s remarks were ‘abhorrent and racist and should have no place in our national discourse.’
Another Republican, Rep. Justin Amash of Michigan, tweeted, ‘This is an embrace of racism, and it has no place in Congress or anywhere.’
King had already said in a statement that he is neither a white nationalist nor a white supremacist.
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Source: Daily Mail