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What’s the Difference Between Steve King and Donald Trump?

The congressman from Iowa has drawn rebukes from Republicans for his statements about white supremacy and white nationalism, but he shares many of his views with the president.
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The Republican Party is doing a little soul-searching. Last week, Representative Steve King of Iowa drew harsh rebukes from some members of his party for his defenses of white nationalism and white supremacy.

“White nationalist, white supremacist, Western civilization—how did that language become offensive?” King told The New York Times. “Why did I sit in classes teaching me about the merits of our history and our civilization?”

This was the most explicit expression of something that has been obvious for some time: King not only believes white people , but supports the use of state power to preserve what

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