Rep. Steve King (R-IA) said on Tuesday that he would vote in favor of a resolution that condemns him for making racist statements.
In a speech on the House floor, King argued that his remarks defending white supremacy to The New York Times had been misinterpreted.
“I understand and recognize the gravity of this issue that’s before us,” King told members of the House. “I understand how you interpreted my words when you read them this way. There is no tape for this interview that I did. It was 56 minutes long. There are some notes on the other end, but there is no tape. There’s no way to go back and listen but I can tell you this. That ideology never shows up in my head. I don’t know how it could possibly come out of my mouth.”
King went on to say that he agrees with resolution and would be voting in its favor.
“This resolution that the House of Representatives once again rejects white nationalism and white supremacy and hateful expressions of intolerance that’s contradictory to the values that define the people of the United States. I agree with that language,” he opined. “So I want to compliment the gentleman from South Carolina for bringing this resolution, and I’ve carefully studied every word in this resolution and even though I’d add some more that are stronger language, I agree with the language in it.”
“So I want to ask my colleagues on both sides of the aisle, let’s vote for this resolution. I’m putting up a yes on the board here because what you state here is right and it’s true and it’s just,” he added.
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