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Watch Steve King Encourage Constituent Who Wants to ‘Take the Sting Out of’ Word ‘Racism’

At his first town hall event since being rebuked by the House over his racist remarks, Rep. Steve King (R-IA) agreed with a constituent who said that conservatives need to “push back” on “reverse racism toward the white European man who founded this country,” and to “take the sting” out of the word “racism.”

King was also stripped of his committee assignments after remarks he made to The New York Timesin which he asked “White nationalist, white supremacist, Western civilization — how did that language become offensive?” — including King himself.

During the question and answer period, a woman named Pamela Harmon delivered a rambling sermonette on the King controversy.

Harmon thanked King for showing up, telling him “You’re proud and talented, and we’re proud of you and thank for coming to see us.”

She then explained that she’s a loyal Fox News viewer and Trump supporter, and complained that “There’s a serious progressive movement out there that wants to take us away from the America that we know.”

“One of the things that I was bothered by, when you had this problem, was the reverse racism toward the white European man who founded this country,” Harmon said. “And that’s the values that were built on. And we have to be embarrassed to say, anymore, that we are white and European background, and I think that is wrong, and I think we need to push back.”

She added that “we need to take the sting out of the words racism and, I don’t know, Hillary has so many ‘isms’ and ‘obias’ that I can’t even name them all, but we need to take the power and the sting out of those words.”

Harman continued to speak, at length, about the need to push back, and for Republicans to respond to such controversies by saying “I said, it so what?”

King offered encouragement to Harmon by, incredibly, invoking Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

“First I would say in response to your statement and your question, Pam, that we can do the things that you’ve described,” King said, and added that “we can, at the same time, embrace everything that Dr. Martin Luther King taught us, all at the same time. And if we had stuck with his vision, we wouldn’t be in the place we’re in today in this society, in this country.”

Watch the clip above, via WHNS-TV.

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