Senior Republicans last night said that they had no idea that Rep. Steve King was a racist even though he wore Blackface to their last Halloween party.
Party leaders said that Mr King had shocked them to their cores after saying in a New York Times interview: ‘White supremacist - how did that become offensive?’
Republicans said that they had been scratching their heads as to what they may have missed that might have shown them Mr King’s vile views over the years.
One Republican said that they did not think that Mr King was a racist even though he had flown a Confederate flag on the door of his office on Capitol Hill back in 1992.
Another said that he thought Mr King was joking when he brought a noose into the debating chamber and waved it at black Democrats every opening day between 1996 and 2017.
Others said they thought it was ‘just a bit of fun’ when, last March, he began pelting Democratic Senator John Lewis, a hero of the civil rights movement, with chunks of watermelon in a Capitol Hill canteen while chanting like a monkey.
Last October, when Mr King wore Blackface to the Congressional Halloween party, his peers dismissed it as ‘just Steve being Steve’.
Republicans said that they had no plans to remove the other prominent white nationalist from their party as he was currently the President.