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READ: New York Times Reports Rep. Steve King Said ‘White Nationalist, White Supremacist, Western Civilization — How Did That Language Become Offensive’

UNITED STATES - JANUARY 19: Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, attends a rally for Iowans in Russell Building prior to the anti-abortion March for Life on the Mall on January 19, 2018. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Feenstra thanked Shapiro for his support, adding that King’s presence in Congress “has left us without a seat at the table.”

King has courted controversy more than once for white nationalist views.

He was criticized last year after he defended his association with Austria’s Freedom Party, a group founded by a former Nazi SS officer and whose current leader was active in neo-Nazi circles.

“If they were in America pushing the platform that they push, they would be Republicans,” King told The Washington Post, at one point asking: “What does this diversity bring that we don’t already have?”

He has also aligned himself with the government of Hungarian Prime Minister Victor Orban, who said in December 2017 that “Mixing cultures will not lead to a higher quality of life but a lower one.”

“Diversity is not our strength,” King said, adding that “assimilation” has become “a dirty word to the multiculturalist left.”

King was also on the receiving end of backlash after he decided to endorse Faith Goldy, a white nationalist running in Toronto’s mayoral race, and after he suggested liberal billionaire George Soros––a favorite target among far-right conspiracy theorists––was a part of the “Great Replacement,” a conspiracy theory which claims there is a “push” to replace white Europeans with minorities.

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