Sen. Tim Scott, the lone African-American in the Senate GOP ranks, is the latest Republican to rebuke Iowa Congressman Steve King, after the eight-term GOP representative, in an interview with the New York Times earlier this week, questioned why the terms "white nationalism" and "white supremacy" are considered offensive in modern America.
Some in Congress are pushing to formally censure King for the comments, though it's not clear how many Republicans are on board.
Scott goes on to remind Rep. King about crimes committed in the name of white supremacy in this country, including when a white supremacist murdered nine African Americans in a church in Charleston, S.C.in 2015, or when a white nationalist ran over a young woman in Charlottesville past year, and just three months ago when a white supremacist killed two black people in a parking lot in Kentucky.
"White nationalist, white supremacist, Western civilisation - how did that language become offensive?" Tim Scott of SC slammed King's comments, saying they exacerbated the struggle to maintain "civility and fairness".More news: Lenovo leads PC shipments for 4Q18 and for the year overall
"One phrase in that long article has created an unnecessary controversy".
However, no House Republicans said they would take action in response to King's remarks.
"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 the op-ed.
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A Republican member of the Iowa state senate announced on Wednesday that he would challenge King in the 2020 Republican primary. "Nothing is shocking anymore, right?"
King faced backlash in 2017 for saying "we can't restore our civilization with someone else's babies" referencing his opposition to immigration. Then he doubled down on CNN, telling the network, "I'd like to see an America that's just so homogeneous that we look a lot the same".
King, 69, has been criticized by some Republicans for past remarks and narrowly won re-election in November after easy victories in previous years. He said the foundation of the Times interview was partly a September 12 tweet in which he wrote: "Nazi' is injected into Leftist talking points because the worn out & exhausted "racist" is over used & applied to everyone who lacks melanin & who fail to virtue signal at the requisite frequency & decibels".
King said he wasn't complaining that he couldn't freely use terms like white supremacist, but rather that he was asking how terms like that got into political discussions.More news: Sarri slams Bayern over Hudson-Odoi interest
Lemon next played a clip of King addressing his remarks on the House floor and claiming he was misquoted before noting that King was sounding "an terrible lot like he is trying to paint himself as a victim".
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