Steve King: Nazis In Austria Would Be Republicans Here

The Washington Post reports:

In an interview after Saturday’s shooting in Pittsburgh, King said he was not anti-Semitic, touting his strong support for Israel and insisting there’s “a special place in hell” for anyone who perpetrates religious or race-based violence.

He said the groups he’s associated with that are criticized as having neo-Nazi views were more accurately “far right” groups. He specifically cited Austria’s Freedom Party, which was founded by a former Nazi SS officer and is led by Heinz-Christian Strache, who was active in neo-Nazi circles as a youth.

The group has emphasized a hard-line anti-immigration stance even as it seeks to distance itself from the Nazi connections. “If they were in America pushing the platform that they push, they would be Republicans,” King said.