Biden blasts Steve King for 'white supremacist' comments

Biden blasts Steve King for 'white supremacist' comments
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Former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenFive takeaways from Trump's 2020 kickoff rally Five takeaways from Trump's 2020 kickoff rally Sanders tears into Trump in response to campaign kickoff rally MORE ripped Rep. Steve KingSteven (Steve) Arnold KingThe Hill's Morning Report — Uproar after Trump's defense of foreign dirt on candidates The Hill's Morning Report — Uproar after Trump's defense of foreign dirt on candidates Steve King unveils 'Diamond and Silk Act' named for conservative YouTubers 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 PelosiPelosi slated to deliver remarks during panel hearing on poverty The DNC's climate problems run deep Cracks form in Democratic dam against impeachment 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.