The Iowa lawmaker responded in a statement Thursday where he went after the Times, which included the quote deep into a profile of King, and even invoked the Holocaust.
We reached out to Congressman King's office today to clarify the statement.
While King has long maintained he is not a racist, he once endorsed a white nationalist for Toronto mayor and lamented "the Great Replacement"-the idea that a nation's families are being replaced by immigrants-in an interview with an Austrian publication".
King, who has been widely criticized in the past for his support of far-right parties and politicians, pushed backed against the Times' suggestion "that I am an advocate for white nationalism and white supremacy".
"I want to make one thing abundantly clear; I reject those labels and the evil ideology that they define", King said. Like the Founding Fathers, he wrote, "I am an advocate for Western Civilization's values". "I am dedicated to keeping America this way", he said. He added that he thought it "was important that (King) rejected that kind of evil" when the Iowa Republican put out a statement later on Twitter.
Cheney, chairwoman of the House GOP conference, told the Hill: "These comments are abhorrent and racist and should have no place in our national discourse". King asked the Times.
He drew a potentially serious primary challenger this year in Iowa Republican state Sen. The candidate, Faith Goldy, has promoted books espousing anti-Semitic ideas and defending the white supremacist "14 words" slogan, according to the Toronto Star.
During the November 2018 general election, King narrowly defeated Democrat J.D. Scholten, of Sioux City, by a margin of 50.34 percent to 47.01 percent.