Biden blasts Steve King for 'white supremacist' comments

Biden blasts Steve King for 'white supremacist' comments
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Former Vice President Joe BidenJoseph (Joe) Robinette BidenBrown launches tour in four early nominating states amid 2020 consideration 5 takeaways from Barr’s testimony Gillibrand announces exploratory committee to run for president on Colbert MORE ripped Rep. Steve KingSteven (Steve) Arnold KingKing rips GOP leadership after criticism over 'white supremacist' remarks House vote fails to quell storm surrounding Steve King Des Moines Register calls on Steve King to resign MORE (R-Iowa) on Friday for his comments questioning how the terms “white nationalist” and “white supremacist” became offensive.

Biden took to Twitter on Friday night to blast the outspoken Republican, who attempted to defuse the controversy earlier in the day with a speech on the House floor.

“White supremacists and their shameful ideology should have no place in this country in 2019, let alone a voice of sympathy in the United States Congress,” Biden wrote. 

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King made the initial remarks in an interview with The New York Times published Thursday.

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

King’s comments drew widespread backlash, with some lawmakers calling for the House to censure him, and Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy Patricia D'Alesandro PelosiVeterans groups demand end to shutdown: 'Get your act together' On The Money: Shutdown Day 25 | Dems reject White House invite for talks | Leaders nix recess with no deal | McConnell blocks second House Dem funding bill | IRS workers called back for tax-filing season | Senate bucks Trump on Russia sanctions Overnight Defense: Trump faces blowback over report he discussed leaving NATO | Pentagon extends mission on border | Senate advances measure bucking Trump on Russia sanctions MORE (D-Calif.) saying there is “interest” to take action on him.

"One phrase in that long article has created an unnecessary controversy. That was my mistake," King said on the House floor on Friday. "I've never been anti-immigrant. I have been anti-illegal immigrant, and I remain that way.” 

Biden is seen by many as a top possible Democratic presidential candidate in 2020. He has said he would make a decision soon regarding his candidacy.

He has been an outspoken critic of Trump and has lent his voice to several Democratic causes in the years since he left the White House with former President Obama.