Audio: Rep. Steve King Defends Himself from Racism Charges on the Ed Martin Movement

Last Thursday The New York Times published a hit piece on Rep. Steve King (R-IA) and Trump voters.
Reporter Trip Gabriel published the piece.

“Before Trump, Steve King Set the Agenda for the Wall and Anti-Immigrant Politics”

This quote by Rep. King is what got the most attention. According to reporter Gabriel, Steve reportedly said,

 

“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?”

Of course, this caused an uproar in Washington and on all of the liberal networks — as you would expect if it were true.

Rep. King is obviously very upset over The New York Times report.  We spoke with Steve on Sunday.

It is safe to say the liberal media and their allies have the story wrong.

On Monday Rep. Steve King released a statement.


Here is Rep. Steve King’s statement.

One of my quotes in a New York Times story has been completely mischaracterized. Here’s the context I believe accurately reflects my statement.

In a 56 minute interview, we discussed the changing use of language in political discourse. We discussed the worn out label “racist” and my observation that other slanderous labels have been increasingly assigned to Conservatives by the Left, who injected into our current political dialog such terms as Nazi, Fascist, “ White Nationalist, White Supremacist,— Western Civilization, how did THAT language become offensive? Why did I sit in classes teaching me about the merits of our history and our civilization?”…just to watch Western Civilization become a derogatory term in political discourse today. Clearly, I was only referencing Western Civilization classes. No one ever sat in a class listening to the merits of white nationalism and white supremacy.

When I used the word “THAT” it was in reference ONLY to Western Civilization and NOT to any previously stated evil ideology ALL of which I have denounced.

My record as a vocal advocate for Western Civilization is nearly as full as my record in defense of Freedom of Speech.

On Monday night Republican leaders took the word of the NY Times writer and removed Steve from his committee assignments.
On Tuesday Congress voted in a unanimous vote to condemn Steve King’s interview with The New York Times.

On Tuesday Rep. King spoke with conservative radio host Ed Martin on The Ed Martin Movement.

Steve King sounded most upset when he told Ed that GOP House leader Kevin McCarthy decided to stand with The New York Times over him.
With friends like the GOP establishment – who needs enemies?

The audio is here.

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