"We know what the news media has done continuously," King said. "
In the article, King, as part of a defense of what he said was the "culture of America," asked how certain terms became controversial in modern discourse. 19659002]
"White nationalist, white supremacist, Western civilization – how did that language become offensive?" he told the Times. "Why did I sit in classes teaching me about the merits of our history and our civilization?"
Despite the rebukes and the possibility of prime challengers motivated by the controversy, King said he has no plans to retire from the Congress
"I would tell voters do not let the elitists in this country, power brokers in this country, tell you who's gonna represent you in the United States Congress. That's the central message, "King said. "Republicans out there do not take issue with any of my votes or any of my positions on these issues. I do not see my political opponents coming out and saying, 'I'd voted differently.' "
The congressman did not seem to be worried about his re-election chances in 2020. He said his Iowa voters see him as a fighter who" was able to inject Iowa values into the presidential race. "
King won his 201
He said the whole controversy was started by an interview in which he claims he was misquoted.
"I wish someone would ask (the New York Times reporter) to produce a tape or transcript or ask him what question he asked," said King.
The Christian Science Monitor interview "described that these terms have been weaponized by the left," King said. "And I used the terms racist and Nazi and fascist and white nationalist. I did not say the other word, the white supremacy one."
King said he does not think in terms of "odious ideologies of white nationalism or white supremacy "and that he had never even been recorded saying the terms
" In all of history LexisNexis shows that I have never said any of those terms that identified as the odious ideologies, never. used the words Western civilization, "King said.