Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.) tore into fellow Republican Rep. Steve King (Iowa) on Friday after King questioned how terms such as “white supremacist” and “white nationalist” were offensive, writing in an op-ed that Republicans with opinions like King’s damage the party and the nation as a whole.
Scott wrote in an op-ed for The Washington Post that the party often struggles with “civility and fairness,” pointing to King’s comments, which drew swift blowback from conservatives and Democrats.
“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,” Scott wrote. “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,” he continued.
King drew sharp backlash on Thursday following the publication of an interview in The New York Times in which he questioned when the terms “white supremacist” and “white nationalist” became “offensive.”
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