GOP Leaders Condemn Rep Steve King Over Racist Comments

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GOP Leaders Condemn Rep Steve King Over Racist Comments
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GOP Leaders Condemn Rep Steve King Over Racist Comments
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Numerous GOP lawmakers have criticized fellow Republican Steve King following his racist comments during an interview with the New York Times. During the interview, King asked why terms like “white supremacist” are offensive. King says he misspoke during the interview, and claims he is not a racist or white supremacist.

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy reacted to the statements by promising to discipline Representative King. Earlier today, McCarthy followed through by removed King from his House of Representatives committee assignments. The move did not go far enough for some Republican lawmakers, who have called on King to resign.

Senator Mitt Romney was the first Republican congressman to call for King’s resignation. He was joined today by US House of Representatives member Christ Stewart, who made the comments during an interview with CNN’s Chris Cuomo. During the interview, Stewart said, “I wish he’d resign, frankly… For the good of the party, for the good of the American people, I think it’s time for us to make a change.”

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell had this to say about Congressman King’s comments:

“There is no place in the Republican Party, the Congress or the country for an ideology of racial supremacy of any kind. I have no tolerance for such positions and those who espouse these views are not supporters of American ideals and freedoms… Rep King’s statements are unwelcome and unworthy of his elected position. If he doesn’t understand why ‘white supremacy’ is offensive, he should find another line of work.”

Numerous Democrats in congress have also condemned King for his comments. Two Democrats in the House of Representatives, Bobby Rush and Tim Ryan, separately filed resolutions to censure Congressman King for his comments. Short of expulsion, censure is the most severe punishment faced by House members.

King has been serving in the US House of Representatives since 2003. He represents Iowa’s 4th congressional district. King has made numerous controversial comments in the past, prior to his recent interview with the New York Times.

 

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