Mr. King, in the interview, said he was not a racist. He pointed to his Twitter timeline showing him greeting Iowans of all races and religions in his Washington office. (The same office once displayed a Confederate flag on his desk.)At the same time, he said, he supports immigrants who enter the country legally and fully assimilate because what matters more than race is “the culture of America” based on values brought to the United States by whites from Europe.“White nationalist, white supremacist, Western civilization — how did that language become offensive?” Mr. King said. “Why did I sit in classes teaching me about the merits of our history and our civilization?”
Rep. Steve King (Racist - IA): “White nationalist, white supremacist, Western civilization — how did that language become offensive?" What sane, thoughtful conservative would choose to remain in a party home to such an unapologetic bigot? https://t.co/aykLuU1cVZ— Stephen Hayes (@stephenfhayes) January 10, 2019
@MaxBoot —there have been a million reasons to censure @SteveKingIA—and his Republican colleagues always mumble something about ‘not seeing the offensive thing he’s said’ (looking at you Paul Ryan). He’s a racist and a bigot and is overt about it. https://t.co/ZkHz8eK1BX— Soledad O'Brien (@soledadobrien) January 10, 2019
The face of white supremacy has changed in important ways. The Charlottesville “Unite the Right” event was designed to reconstitute and rebrand various white right-wing groups under the banner of the “alt-right” and make the movement more publicly visible. This newer, more diffuse, younger and technologically enabled movement — promoted by prominent (former) White House chief strategist Stephen K. Bannon, among others — seeks to advance white identity politics through appeals to equality, democratic multiculturalism and freedom of speech.