Steve King says he will run again in 2020: 'I have nothing to apologize for'

Rep. Steve KingSteven (Steve) Arnold KingThirty-four GOP members buck Trump on disaster bill Overnight Energy — Presented by Job Creators Network — House Republican tries to force Green New Deal vote | 'Awkward' hearing to vet Interior nominee and watchdog | House panel approves bill to stop drilling in Arctic refuge Steve King: One 'good side' of climate change could be shrinking deserts MORE (R-Iowa), on Thursday said he is seeking reelection despite widespread outrage over comments he made about white supremacy.

In an interview on Iowa Public Television, the lawmaker said he plans to seek a 10th term in Congress, and blamed “cyber bullying” and “dishonest” reporting for the backlash to his comments.

“I have nothing to apologize for,” he said. “Each thing starts out with some formerly credible organization that launches this and then we have this phenomenon that America is not ready for, and that’s this cyber bullying that unleashes, that’s there creating a firestorm.”


King went on to say he agrees with President TrumpDonald John TrumpNASA exec leading moon mission quits weeks after appointment The Hill's Morning Report — After contentious week, Trump heads for Japan Frustration boils over with Senate's 'legislative graveyard' MORE’s criticism of The New York Times as “dishonest.”

“If you just hold these publications to what is true, there is no story whatsoever,” he said.

King confirmed on the show that he will run for reelection, according to the Des Moines Register.

“Don’t let the elitists in this country, the power brokers in this country, tell you who’s going to represent you in the United States Congress,” he urged voters.

King was stripped of his congressional committee assignments after questioning how the terms “white nationalist” and “white supremacist” became offensive.

"White nationalist, white supremacist, Western civilization — how did that language become offensive?” he said to the Times in an interview last month.

The Iowa Republican has since claimed that the newspaper misquoted him.

Earlier this week, King asked supporters to pray for his committee assignments to be restored by House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin Owen McCarthyRepublicans spend more than million at Trump properties The Hill's 12:30 Report: Pelosi fires back in feud with Trump The Hill's Morning Report - Trump says no legislation until Dems end probes MORE (R-Calif.).

King has a long history of making controversial comments about race and immigration. But the January interview with the Times prompted swift backlash from both parties and escalated to the House passing a resolution to formally reject white supremacy, a resolution that King voted for.

Iowa State Sen. Randy Feenstra (R) has announced that he will run against King in the GOP primary for the seat. And Iowa’s Republican Gov. Kim Reynolds said she won’t endorse King in 2020.