A Republican member of Congress apparently doesn't think being labeled a white supremacist should be such a bad thing.
Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) asked The New York Timesabout the term in an interview published Thursday. "White nationalist, white supremacist, Western civilization — how did that language become offensive?," he asked. "Why did I sit in classes teaching me about the merits of our history and our civilization?"
King, who in October was condemned by the chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee for "white supremacy and hate," has repeatedly come under fire for racist comments and for on numerousoccasionsretweeting white nationalists. He told the Times that he's not a racist, apparently by pointing to photos of himself with "Iowans of all races and religions."
Update 3:30 p.m. EST: King tweeted a statement in response to the Times article. "I reject those labels," he said, referring to white nationalism and white supremacy, "and the evil ideology they define." He condemned "anyone that supports" such ideas, and said he is "simply a Nationalist." King wrote that "one of my most strongly held beliefs is that we are all created in God's image."