On Thursday, Republican Representative Justin Amash condemned fellow Rep. Steve King for comments he made regarding the terms “white nationalist” and “white supremacy”.
Rep. Justin Amash (Mich.) on Thursday condemned fellow Republican Rep. Steve King (Iowa) for comments questioning why terms like "white nationalist" and "white supremacist" were offensive, calling them "an embrace of racism."
"This is an embrace of racism, and it has no place in Congress or anywhere," Amash tweeted shortly after King's comments surfaced.
"White nationalist, white supremacist, Western civilization - how did that language become offensive?" King asked in an interview with The New York Times published Thursday. "Why did I sit in classes teaching me about the merits of our history and our civilization?"
The comments were made in a report on King's hard-line views on immigration. King, responding to the story later in the day, said that he is not a white supremacist or white nationalist, but called himself a "nationalist."
Rep. Paul Mitchell (R-Mich.) said that King's "embrace of these terms and philosophies are fundamentally wrong and offensive and have no place in Congress, our nation, or anywhere.
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