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'Abhorrent and Racist': Republicans Slam GOP Rep. Steve King Over NYT Remarks

Rep. Steve King of Iowa has defended white supremacy in the past

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    In this file photo, Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, attends a rally with Angel Families on the East Front of the Capitol, to highlight crimes committed by illegal immigrants in the U.S., on September 7, 2018.

    House Republicans are criticizing a fellow GOP lawmaker for making what they say are "racist" comments.

    Rep. Steve King of Iowa was quoted in The New York Times as saying: "White nationalist, white supremacist, Western civilization — how did that language become offensive?"

    Wyoming Rep. Liz Cheney, the third-ranking House Republican, tweets that King's remarks are "abhorrent and racist and should have no place in our national discourse."

    And Rep. Justin Amash of Michigan says: "This is an embrace of racism, and it has no place in Congress or anywhere."

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    King later tweeted that he regards white nationalism and white supremacy as "evil."

    He's already in line to face a primary challenger in 2020. Randy Feenstra, a Republican state senator, announced on Wednesday that he plans to run against King.