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Steve King: 'Nothing to Apologize For,' Will Seek Re-election

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Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa (Tom Williams/AP)

By    |   Thursday, 21 February 2019 10:00 PM

Embattled Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, says he will seek re-election in 2020.

Rep. King also said Thursday he has nothing to apologize for following backlash for his use of the terms "white nationalist" and "white supremacist."

"I have nothing to apologize for," King said during an appearance on Iowa Press. "If I look back through this, each thing starts out with some formerly credible organization that launches this, and then we have this phenomenon that America is not ready for and that's this cyberbullying that unleashes that is there and creating a firestorm. That is what has happened.

"If you would just hold these publications to what is true, there is no story whatsoever."

King was quoted in The New York Times article in January as saying: "White nationalist, white supremacist, Western civilization — how did that language become offensive?"

In October, the lawmaker was criticized after The Washington Post article said he met with members of a far-right Austrian party with historical Nazi ties during a trip to Europe financed by a Holocaust memorial group and questioned the value of diversity with an Austrian newspaper during the trip.

Still, King won a ninth term to Congress in November despite criticism from his own Republican colleagues.

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Embattled Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, said Thursday he has nothing to apologize for following backlash for his use of the terms "white nationalist" and "white supremacist," and said he will seek re-election.
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