In a New York Times article published Thursday, Rep. Steve King (R-IA) wondered, “White nationalist, white supremacist, Western civilization — how did that language become offensive?” King said.
“Why did I sit in classes teaching me about the merits of our history and our civilization?”
In the past, King has also met with a far-right Austrian party and supported a Toronto mayoral candidate with neo-Nazi ties.
On CNN Friday, Republican operative Scott Jennings urged the rest of the party, including President Donald Trump to denounce King and to support a primary challenger to him.
“This bozo shows up now and again and ruins it,” Jennings said, about the Republican party’s efforts to be seen as more inclusive and mainstream. “I want them to ostracize him,” he added.
CNN’s Poppy Harlow noted that King and President Donald Trump appear to be close, both in their ideology and in past praise of each other’s work. Jennings prompted the president to focus on his criminal justice reform work as outreach to people of color, while disavowing GOP politicians who hew a white nationalist line. But ultimately, Jennings is not surprised the president and King continue to be friendly.
“We’ve had this situation before, where the president has been associated with people who’ve done galactically stupid and offensive things,” Jennings concluded.
Ex-GOP senator hammers lawmakers quaking in their boots out of fear of Trump: ‘Why are you there?’
Appearing on CNN on Wednesday morning, retired Sen. William Cohen (R-ME) hammered members of his own party still sitting in the Senate who refuse to take on Donald Trump, saying they are failing the country and themselves by standing by in fear.
Speaking with CNN hosts Poppy Harlow and Jim Sciutto, Cohen said kowtowing to the president is nothing new, but has grown worse over the past ten years.
"Some of it has to do with external pressures, that of social media, talk radio, specific channels that have a particular view and then hammer that view home to the constituents who then pressure the members of Congress," he explained. "But you have to ask yourself: Why are you a senator? Why are you there? Are you acting out of sheer fear that if you speak up and take a position that's controversial you'll be punished?"
CNN’s Toobin unleashes hell on Trump’s ‘outrageous’ attacks on Stone jury
On CNN Wednesday, chief legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin laid into President Donald Trump for his ongoing public attacks on the jurors who convicted his former campaign strategist and friend Roger Stone. Trump and his allies have been arguing that the verdict is invalid because the jury forewoman had a Twitter account in which she criticized the president.
"To be honest, I don't know what Judge Jackson is going to do. I don't really know how significant these statements are. So I wouldn't make a prediction about what she's going to do about the new trial situation," said Toobin. "But as for what the president said, it is so outrageous to attack jurors. I mean, these are ultimately private figures. They didn't volunteer. The judges, you know, need jurors. The legal system needs jurors. And the idea that the president would single out jurors repeatedly for criticism..."
Internet shreds ‘incompetent buffoon’ Trump for attack on media covering coronavirus
After two days of massive stock market declines over fears of the rapidly spreading coronavirus, President Donald Trump lashed out at CNN and MSNBC on Wednesday morning for reporting on the worldwide health hazard -- and was immediately slapped down on Twitter.
According to the president, who also announced a press conference to address the concerns his administration is bungling the response to the crisis, set for Wednesday night: "Low Ratings Fake News MSDNC (Comcast) & @CNN are doing everything possible to make the Caronavirus (sic) look as bad as possible, including panicking markets, if possible. Likewise their incompetent Do Nothing Democrat comrades are all talk, no action. USA in great shape!"