Members of the U.S. House voted Tuesday on a resolution condemning white nationalism and white supremacy after Iowa Congressman Steve King mad inflammatory remarks last week, stating, “White nationalist, white supremacist, Western civilization – how did that language become offensive? Why did I set in classes teaching me about the merits of our history and our civilization?”
King claims his comments were taken out of context and misinterpreted.
Congressman Don Bacon says he spoke with King and believes his intent.
“I was listening to it Friday and he never denied saying it. In fact when I talked to him he said he actually did say it but my intention was to focus on Western civilization. He said he had a pause in there, that is what the New York Times said. I just think in this case we just have to make it clear, unambiguous that there is no gray area here,” Bacon says.
Some Democrats want to censure King for his remarks.
Bacon did expect to see a bit more controversy during Tuesday’s vote, but when King himself voted for the resolution it ended without issue. Bacon says he read the whole statement and there is nothing to disagree with.
“Ultimately, this is between Steve King and his district. The voters of his district,” according to Bacon.