The first part of my Saturday show was discussing the disturbing comments made by Congressman Steve King. For those unaware, he made racist comments to The New York Times, and after I personally followed up with his staff, he will not refute the statement.
The New York Times is certainly not what it used to be, and I’ve taken issue with their shoddy headlines, clickbait, and what I feel are deceptive stories, but I doubt they would make up a quote.
I’ve copied it here, but you can read the full story here.
“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?”
I followed up with Steve King’s staff, making them well aware of my deadline, asking if he was misquoted or wanted to come on the show to correct the record. They said they’d get back to me, but even after a reminder, they didn’t return my communication until 6:30p after my show had concluded. At that time, they simply asked if I had not heard his speech or seen his statement on Twitter.
Based on their response, or lack of response rather, I can only assume the quote is accurate. This is terribly troubling. Prominent GOP leaders like Senator Joni Ernst, Chuck Grassley and many others have already condemned these statements and I know more statements are coming, including potential formal punishment.
Even prominent conservative author, activist and lawyer Ben Shapiro has commented on King’s statement saying “Congress ought to vote to censure him, and then he ought to be primaried ASAP.” Shapiro even encouraged people to donate to his newly announced opponent “Donate to his primary challenger, Randy Feenstra, here. I plan on doing so.” For those wanting to donate, here’s that link.
Congress ought to vote to censure him, and then he ought to be primaried ASAP. https://t.co/W2qRdWvAjj
— Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) January 10, 2019
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