House minority leader Kevin McCarthy condemned Steve King's remarks about white supremacy on Thursday night.
"All about white supremacy and white nationalism goes against what we are as a nation," McCarthy m said in response to King's comments earlier in the day. "Steve's language is imprudent, false and has no place in our society. The Declaration of Independence states that "all men are created equal". It is a fact. Needless to say.
King's comments were commented by an Iowa congressman in the New York Times, titled "Before Trump, Steve King set the agenda for wall politics and anti-politics." -immigrés ". (RELATED: Steve King wants to know how "white supremacism" has become offensive)
"White nationalist, white supremacist, Western civilization, how did this language become offensive?" Asked King in the story. "Why do I sit in classes to learn the merits of our history and our civilization?"
King issued a statement as a result of the backlash.
My statement on the New York Times article. pic.twitter.com/IjBHgZYgRD
– Steve King (@SteveKingIA) January 10, 2019
"Today, the New York Times suggests that I am an advocate of white nationalism and white supremacy. I want to clarify one thing very clearly; I reject these labels and the perverse ideology that they define, "reads in part. "In addition, I condemn all those who support this perverse and bigoted ideology that saw in its ultimate expression the systematic murder of 6 million lives of innocent Jews."
He has already been accused of white supremacy. He approved a Toronto mayoral candidate who had been fired from a Canadian far right website for appearing on a neo-Nazi podcast.
King ended up winning a three-point victory in the Republican Fortress in November, his lowest margin since being first elected in 2002.
Randy Feenstra, a Republican senator from Iowa State, is expected to face a tough primary, which has announced his intention to challenge King in the fourth district of Iowa earlier this week.