On Thursday, House Representative Steve King of Iowa made some questionable comments on his views on white supremacy and the far-right. “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?” he said. King also said that he doesn’t mind the US being diverse as long as the future stays White and European. His comments have been condemned by both Democrats and Republicans.
One critic of his comments is Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. “There is no place in the Republican Party, the Congress or the country for an ideology of racial supremacy of any kind. I have no tolerance for such positions and those who espouse these views are not supporters of American ideals and freedoms. Rep. King's statements are unwelcome and unworthy of his elected position.” McConnell said.
The House is now taking action on King’s comments. On Tuesday, the House is expected to hold a vote on whether or not to formally rebuke him. In addition to that, many people have called for his resignation. This includes Utah Senator Mitt Romney. “I think he ought to step aside and I think Congress ought to make it very clear he has no place there," Romney told CNN.
This isn’t the first time King has been linked to the far-right. King has shown support for many far-right politicians. Many of the far-right politicians he has supported have anti-islam views. King also believes in white genocide conspiracy theory. The theory states that whites are being liquidated by immigrants of other races.