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GOP Sen. Tim Scott Blasts Steve King: His Comments ‘Should Be Ridiculed at Every Turn Possible’

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Senator Tim Scott (R- SC) penned an op-ed today excoriating the views of fellow Republican Steve King.

King this week asked how terms like “white nationalist” and “white supremacist” became considered offensive. Those remarks were immediately condemned by various Republicans, including House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy. King has since attempted to clarify his comments.

Scott today wrote in the Washington Post, “Anyone who needs ‘white nationalist’ or ‘white supremacist’ defined, described and defended does lack some pretty common knowledge.”

He calls out King for damaging both the country and the GOP:

When people with opinions similar to King’s open their mouths, they damage not only the Republican Party and the conservative brand but also our nation as a whole. They want to be treated with fairness for some perceived slights but refuse to return the favor to those on the other side.

Some in our party wonder why Republicans are constantly accused of racism — it is because of our silence when things like this are said. Immigration is the perfect example, in which somehow our affection for the rule of law has become conflated with a perceived racism against brown and black people.

The senator says his comments expose views “that should be ridiculed at every turn possible.”

Scott also spoke with Neil Cavuto about King this afternoon. You can watch above, via Fox News.

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