In an unprecedented move, Rep. Steve King (R-IA) has been stripped of his committee assignments and rebuked by the House of Representatives for his remarks in support of white supremacy.
King has a long history of making racially charged statement and has been quick to pounce on liberal critics obsessed with political correctness.
But his latest comments seem to have struck a nerve even within his own party.
Every single Republican in Congress voted for a resolution rejecting white supremacy and white nationalism, following King’s comments:
“White nationalist, white supremacist, Western civilization — how did that language become offensive? Why did I sit in classes teaching me about the merits of our history and our civilization?”
Even King himself voted for it, amazingly enough!
And now there’s growing pressure for King to resign. Wyoming Republican Liz Cheney said she thinks King “should find another line of work.” Rep. Chris Stewart of Utah thinksKing should resign and Utah Sen. Mitt Romney also said it may be time for King to step aside.
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy said:
”We will not tolerate this type of language in the Republican Party … I watched what Steve King said and we took action.”
And House Freedom Caucus member Rep. Warren Davidson of Ohio told
“For Republicans all across the country, not just here in the House, I think it’s important to reinforce the message in every way possible that our party does not support racism. It’s always been wrong.”
In November, King narrowly won his race for re-election in a district that Trump won in 2016 by double digits, suggesting a broader rejection of his rhetoric and policy stances even amongst Republican voters. Now, it seems like GOP leaders may be taking note.
Will King manage to survive this crisis or is he on the way out?