In recent weeks, Iowa deputy Steve King has defended white supremacy, been reprimanded by his own party leaders and deprived of his committee positions in Congress, but in his mind he has done nothing wrong – except for an interview with the New York Times
During the inauguration of his first town hall, since his racist remarks were published in print, he told the Tripel Times : "White nationalist, knows Supremacist, Western civilization – how did that language become offensive? "- King said on Saturday that his regret was the phone interview when he was just" half-finished ".
"That's Amazing and Amazing for Me Four words in a New York Times quote may outweigh 20 years of public service," he said in front of some 70 people attending the event in Primghar, Iowa. participated. He remains relentless: "I'm not a racist."
"I've made more than one mistake that we all made. I should never have interviewed the New York Times .
King's admission earlier this month was widely condemned, whereupon the congressional leaders ejected the nine-member Republican from his committee mandates and left him little power in Congress.
But in the face of his reputation, outrageous comments and the In fact, his earlier comments were so absurd and controversial, it is hard to believe that he has never been formally punished by his party leaders, if anything, he was backed by right-wing defenders Rand, including President Donald Trump, praised for his stubbornness.Vox's Jane Coaston has played a prominent role in King's career-critical remark, roughly at the time when he "directly compared the existence of the Congressional Black Caucus to an abortion."
Or when he is a white nationalist in the B mayoral election of Toronto approved. Or when he went abroad to meet right-wing extremist groups founded by Nazis. Or if he advocated that "white nationalist" was not a derogatory term until a few years ago. Or one of countless examples that are so widely known and well known that even the conservative circles condemning King for his comments to The New York Times also listed these examples as "calves the size of cantaloupes" and his decision to a far-right Dutch politician who believes the Koran is "worse than Mein Kampf" to bring to the Capitol, the Conservatives had no need to distance themselves.
King on Saturday dug further in his heels and even went as far as being treated worse than the freshly molded Judge Supreme Court Brett Kavanaugh sexual misconduct.
"I even think of Brett Kavanaugh, he underwent this inquisition, he at least had prosecutors, I even have no prosecutors," he continued. "Not a single soul has risen and has said that Steve King acted racially."
King's surprise is understandable ̵
1; the Republicans needed years to call him.
For years, King has slipped unchallenged with little revenge or kickback from his constituents or a member of his own party, even though his political views were the line of white nationalism. Too often, his comments were written down as merely "controversial" or foreign opinions. And as Coaston writes, we as a society are terrible when we talk about racism, for fear of self-inclusion, or about problematic ideas we grew up around.
There is a greater problem that is far greater than that of King, or conservatism. The way we talk about race and racism in the United States is wrong. In short, we think of racist as an insult rather than an adjective. And we've narrowed the concept of racism down to an almost ridiculous amount, which in fact often excuses genuine racism – such as that advocated by people like King – and its implications for non-white Americans because it's not literally a hood carries or sets fire to a cross on a lawn.
King's views have recently rekindled him – he barely won reelection last November, and three Republican challengers are ready to claim his seat in 2020.
But on Saturday, City Hall is an event It was also a reminder of its lasting popularity in an almost completely white congressional district. The king's members know that his views support white nationalism. Once, a respondent stood up in the town hall to defend King and thanked him for all his work supporting "the white, European man".