After Rep. Steve King (R-IA) was quoted downplaying the severity of the terms “white nationalist” and “white supremacist,” he claimed to denounce those ideologies in an interview with NBC’s Kasie Hunt.
Earlier in the day, the New York Times published a lengthy interview with and profile on King in which he said he didn’t understand when the terms became dirty words.
“White nationalist, white supremacist, Western civilization — how did that language become offensive?” the Congressman said. “Why did I sit in classes teaching me about the merits of our history and our civilization?”
After being criticized and called a racist by people on both sides of the aisle, King claimed in a statement — and in his interview with Hunt — that he was quoted out of context.
“What I was really talking about was the continuation of applying labels onto people as freely as they are,” King said in the NBC interview Thursday night. “I reject white nationalism, I reject white supremacy, it’s not part of any of any of my ideology and I reject anybody who carries that ideology.”
Hunt asked the Iowa Republican why he made the statement and he responded that it took place “in the context of a long interview” with the Times.
The reporter when on to ask King if he’d been misquoted — and he refused to answer.
“I don’t think I can answer that clearly,” the Congressman said. “I’ll just say I have responded to this and I think you understand where I stand.”
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‘Brutal and unacceptable’: Calls for arrest of NYPD cop who put woman in the ER during protests
The Speaker of the New York City Council is demanding accountability for a NYPD officer caught on tape violently striking a woman during protests of police violence.
Video of the incident appeared on social media on Friday. The video appears to show the cop running up a shoving the woman, launching her off her feet.
She is reportedly now in the ER after suffering a serious seizure.
"This officer needs to be charged with assault," Speaker Cory Johnson posted on Twitter. "Hard to watch. Brutal and unacceptable."
This officer needs to be charged with assault.
‘I’m getting shot’: Shocking video shows police in Louisville hitting journalists with pepper bullets
Police fired pepper bullets at a camera crew doing a live broadcast of the police violence protests in Louisville on Friday evening.
"WAVE 3 News reporter Kaitlin Rust appeared to have been hit by rubber bullets reportedly fired by an LMPD officer during a protest in downtown Louisville," the station reported.
Rust was wearing a fluorescent safety vest at the time of the incident.
"I'm getting shot," she shouted.
The news anchor asked, "who are they aiming that at?"
Law enforcement files discredit Brian Kemp’s accusation that Democrats tried to hack the Georgia election
It was a stunning accusation: Two days before the 2018 election for Georgia governor, Republican Brian Kemp used his power as secretary of state to open an investigation into what he called a “failed hacking attempt” of voter registration systems involving the Democratic Party.
But newly released case files from the Georgia Bureau of Investigation reveal that there was no such hacking attempt.
The evidence from the closed investigation indicates that Kemp’s office mistook planned security tests and a warning about potential election security holes for malicious hacking.
Kemp then wrongly accused his political opponents just before Election Day — a high-profile salvo that drew national media attention in one of the most closely watched races of 2018.