“We’ll see what we do about Steve King, but nonetheless nothing is shocking anymore, right?” Pelosi (D-Calif.) told reporters. “The new normal around here is to praise white nationalism as something that shouldn’t be shunned.”
King, who won a ninth term in Congress in November, lamented in an interview with the New York Times that the term had become a pejorative one.
“White nationalist, white supremacist, Western civilization — how did that language become offensive?” King said in the interview, which was published Thursday.
King later issued a statement and addressed the issue in a speech on the House floor Friday in which he sought to walk back his remarks. He said he rejects “those labels and the evil ideology that they define” and proclaimed himself “simply a Nationalist.”