Friday, 22 February, 2019

Dems eye censure of Steve King over white nationalism

Tim Scott Tim Scott, the GOP's Lone Black Senator, Takes His Party to Task for Tolerating Unhinged Racists
Leonard Rios | 15 January, 2019, 05:41

In contrast, King insisted his words had been mischaracterized in a statement and said: "Leader McCarthy's decision to remove me from committees is a political decision that ignores the truth". "This must come to a screeching halt right now", Rush stated, adding, "Anything short of censure would be shallow".

The separate resolution from Rep. Tim Ryan (D-Ohio) doesn't go into King's past comments, but simply cites the NYT quotes and said the congressman aimed to "legitimize white supremacy and white nationalism as acceptable in today's society".

The problem with King's defense is that he can't really get the benefit of the doubt on his racism anymore.

The top Republican in the House vowed Sunday that "action will be taken" after Iowa GOP Rep. Steve King's recent comment about white supremacy and white nationalism.

King told The New York Times in an interview that he didn't understand how "white supremacist" or "white nationalist" were offensive terms.

"There is no place in the Republican Party, the Congress or the country for an ideology of racial supremacy of any kind", McConnell said in a statement released from his office.

President Trump was asked several times by reporters to comment on King's remarks on Monday, but did not address them.

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For years, King appeared untouchable by Republican leaders. Asked if he could support King in the future, Cruz said: "What I'm going to do is urge everyone to stand for principles that matter".

The removal of King from the roles comes just hours after Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., slammed the representative for remarks he made about the terms "white nationalist" and "white supremacist."

Rush's resolution lists comments from King, including a 2006 suggestion by the congressman to electrify the border fence like migrants are livestock, his 2013 bill against citizenship for "anchor babies", his 2016 comment that "the idea of multiculturalism, that every culture is equal - that's not objectively true", his 2017 tweet that "we can't restore our civilization with somebody else's babies", and more.

"I think he ought to step aside and I think Congress ought make it very clear he has no place there", Romney said. Scott, the Senate's only current black Republican, wrote that it enables those who want to label the party's members as racist, and imperils an agenda based on "spreading opportunity". This includes Congressman Bobby L. Rush (D, Ill.) who says there is no home for this behavior, especially the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives. "I don't know anything about what you're even talking about with white supremacy or white supremacists", Trump told Jake Tapper on CNN's State of the Union.

Steve King (R-Iowa) of all of his committee assignments for the current Congress following a new wave of outcry over the lawmaker's vast history of white supremacist viewpoints and racist rhetoric.

King has already drawn a primary challenger for the 2020 election: Randy Feenstra, a GOP state senator.

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