Last week combative Iowa Congressman Steve King was seen seemingly defending “white supremacy.” Then, GOP leadership in the House took away his committee assignments. Next the House tried to vote censure for the Iowan. But that last measure fizzled.
King came under fire last Thursday for comments that were seen as supportive of “white nationalism” and “white supremacism” in comments he made to The New York Times.
The Times article tried to link King’s comments to his long-time support for tougher immigration laws.
King quickly came out with a statement rejecting those definitions. “I reject those labels and the evil ideology that they define,” he said in the tweeted statement.
— Steve King (@SteveKingIA) January 10, 2019
The House Republicans next removed him from all his committee assignments.
Per Fox News:
“We will not tolerate this type of language in the Republican Party … or in the Democratic Party as well,” House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., told reporters. “I watched what Steve King said and we took action.”
In a formal statement, McCarthy said King’s comments were “beneath the dignity of the Party of Lincoln and the United States of America. His comments call into question whether he will treat all Americans equally, without regard for race and ethnicity. House Republicans are clear: We are all in this together, as fellow citizens equal before God and the law. As Congressman King’s fellow citizens, let us hope and pray earnestly that this action will lead to greater reflection and ultimately change on his part.”
Finally, the House tried to take it even farther by voting to censure the Iowa Republican. But the effort on censure fizzled on Wednesday.
According to MSN News:
An effort to further punish Rep. Steve King for racist comments fizzled Wednesday when the chamber voted to instead refer King’s case to the House Ethics Committee.
The measure’s referral to the Ethics panel was not the outcome preferred by Rush or Ryan. In the two days since they each gave notice of their resolutions, both have been pushing for a decisive vote on censuring King.
Ethics Committee investigations almost never end up in much of anything.
So, it might be that King dodged a bullet on this kerfuffle. Of course, it is still possible that censure can come after the investigation. So, he isn’t exactly clear yet.
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