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PoliticsSteve King faces new storm over remarks about white supremacy

13:30  12 january  2019
13:30  12 january  2019 Source:   thehill.com

Republicans slam Rep. King for what they call racist remarks

Republicans slam Rep. King for what they call racist remarks House Republicans on Thursday criticized a fellow GOP lawmaker for making what they said were "racist" comments.Rep. Steve King of Iowa was quoted in The New York Times saying, "White nationalist, white supremacist, Western civilization — how did that language become offensive?" The comment drew a denunciation from members of House Republican leadership. Wyoming Rep. Liz Cheney, the No. 3 Republican, said King's remarks were "abhorrent and racist and should have no place in our national discourse." Another Republican, Rep.

Steve King , the Iowa congressman who has long outraged Democrats and liberals with racist remarks and demeaning insults about immigrants, is now facing extraordinary blowback from within his own party following an interview in The New York Times in which he questioned why white supremacy is

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Steve King faces new storm over remarks about white supremacy© Getty Images Steve King faces new storm over remarks about white supremacy Rep. Steve King is facing a new political storm over his latest inflammatory comments about immigration and race ­- remarks in which he questioned why the terms "white nationalist" and "white supremacist" were offensive.

Talk of censuring the Iowa Republican is picking up as he takes heavy criticism from his own party. There are also questions about whether he could lose the distinction of being a subcommittee ranking member in the current Congress.

A Friday floor speech in which he expressed regret for "heartburn" felt in Congress and in his district and the country over his remarks did not appear to quell the growing storm.

McCarthy to meet with Steve King about white supremacy remarks: 'Action will be taken'

McCarthy to meet with Steve King about white supremacy remarks: 'Action will be taken' House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) pledged Sunday to take action in response to Rep. Steve King's latest inflammatory comments in which the Iowa Republican questioned why the terms "white nationalist" and "white supremacist" were offensive. require(["medianetNativeAdOnArticle"], function (medianetNativeAdOnArticle) { medianetNativeAdOnArticle.getMedianetNativeAds(true); }); McCarthy condemned the comments, and said on "Face the Nation" that he will meet with King on Monday to discuss the matter. "Action will be taken," he said.

Republicans have condemned Iowa's Steve King over comments suggesting support for white nationalism. Steve King of Iowa also pondered in a New York Times interview when labels like " white nationalists" Mr King has since defended his remarks , saying they were mischaracterised.

Steve King 's remarks about white supremacy following an interview with The New York Times. | Steve King (R-Iowa) on Friday in a Washington Post op-ed, following an interview in which King used racist language and questioned how “ white nationalist” and “ white supremacist ” became offensive

Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.), the Senate's only black Republican, penned a Washington Post op-ed on Friday warning that King reflects poorly on the rest of the GOP.

"When people with opinions similar to King's open their mouths, they damage not only the Republican Party and the conservative brand but also our nation as a whole," he wrote.

Scott compared King to Louis Farrakhan, describing both as "lonely voices in the wilderness."

"King's comments are not conservative views but separate views that should be ridiculed at every turn possible." Scott wrote.

Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said Friday that the House will take some punitive action against King.

"We'll see what we do about Steve King, but nonetheless, nothing is shocking anymore, right? The new normal around here is to praise white supremacists and nationalism as something that shouldn't be shunned," Pelosi told reporters in the Capitol.

Jason Chaffetz: Steve King must face real consequences for his white supremacy remarks

Jason Chaffetz: Steve King must face real consequences for his white supremacy remarks Enough words. Now we need action. It is time to do what is right and remove Congressman King from his position on the House Judiciary Committee. We cannot afford to be silent. If this were a one-time gaffe or misunderstanding, such dramatic action would not be necessary. Unfortunately, this is not the first time King has overstepped and offended.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Iowa Republican congressman Steve King says he's not a racist, but he faced intensifying criticism Friday over his remarks about white For the second time in two days, King insisted that he is an advocate for “Western civilization,” not white supremacy or white nationalism.

Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) faces a potential censure motion from congressional Democrats and splintering support among Republicans after using racist language in a New York Times interview, questioning when the terms “ white nationalist, white supremacist and western civilization” became

But she declined to say what specific action the House might take.

"I'm not prepared to make any announcement about that right now," Pelosi said. "But needless to say, there's interest in doing something."

One House Democrat, Rep. Tim Ryan (Ohio), called for King to be formally censured by the House for what he called "racist remarks." A spokesman confirmed that Ryan's staff is drafting a censure resolution while the lawmaker further discusses the idea with colleagues.

Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (D-Mo.) suggested earlier Friday that a repudiation from House GOP leaders would have more impact.

"I think the most powerful statement should come from the Republican leadership. That doesn't mean that censure is inappropriate. I'm just saying I think when we speak out about our own side, it's much more powerful," said Cleaver, who is African American.

House GOP leaders, however, have not moved to take concrete action against King beyond issuing statements disapproving of his comments.

House calls out Steve King in vote to condemn white nationalism

House calls out Steve King in vote to condemn white nationalism The House on Tuesday passed a resolution that calls out Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, for comments that many say showed support for white nationalism and white supremacy. require(["medianetNativeAdOnArticle"], function (medianetNativeAdOnArticle) { medianetNativeAdOnArticle.getMedianetNativeAds(true); }); The resolution of disapproval, introduced by House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn, R-S.C., noted King's recent comments to The New York Times that many called racist, and was passed with broad support, including a "yes" vote from King himself.

Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) asked how phrases like “ white supremacist ” are considered offensive in a New York Times interview published Thursday, continuing his far-right rhetoric that has led many to label him as racist. “ White nationalist, white supremacist , Western civilization—how did that

Representative Steve King , Republican of Iowa, has made incendiary and racially charged “We must stand up against white supremacy and hate in all forms The public censure is the latest downturn for Mr. King , whose lengthy history of making racially charged remarks has been subjected to closer

In the previous Congress, King chaired a House Judiciary subcommittee on the Constitution and Civil Justice and could stand to remain its top Republican in the minority.

King said Friday that he hasn't heard anything from House GOP leaders threatening his committee assignments or his role on the Judiciary subcommittee.

"I've heard nothing like that," King told reporters. "But the more you guys write about that stuff, you know, then it becomes an issue."

GOP leaders have not yet had the opportunity to finalize committee assignments for rank-and-file members at the start of the new Congress. A spokeswoman for Rep. Doug Collins (Ga.), the Judiciary Committee's ranking Republican, didn't return a request for comment.

Iowa state Sen. Randy Feenstra announced a primary challenge against King this week, saying that "we don't need any more sideshows or distractions." A second Republican, Bret Richards, also told the Des Moines Register that he plans to run against King.

Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds (R) said this week that she would not endorse King in his next campaign, telling a local TV station that the last election "was a wake-up call for it to be that close."

King rips GOP leadership after criticism over 'white supremacist' remarks

King rips GOP leadership after criticism over 'white supremacist' remarks Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) panned House Republican leaders on Tuesday for their criticism over remarks he made in an interview with The New York Times last week regarding white supremacy. "[House Minority Leader Kevin] McCarthy [R-Calif.] decided he's going to believe The New York Times over Steve King, and that's a fact," King told conservative radio host Ed Martin on his show Tuesday. require(["medianetNativeAdOnArticle"], function (medianetNativeAdOnArticle) { medianetNativeAdOnArticle.getMedianetNativeAds(true); }); King also went after House GOP Conference Chairwoman Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.

Steve King (R-IA) is facing new criticism Thursday after comments appeared in the New York Times in which he questioned when the terms “ white nationalist” and “ white supremacist ” had become offensive. The article, titled, “Before Trump, Steve King Set the Agenda for the Wall and

Steve King is facing criticism after he defended white nationalism and white supremacy in an interview. " White nationalist, white supremacist , Western civilization — how did that language become offensive?" King said to The New York Times. "Why did I sit in classes teaching me about the merits

But National Republican Congressional Committee Chairman Tom Emmer (R-Minn.) said it likely won't get involved in a primary in King's district.

And other House Republicans who criticized King for his comments were nonetheless wary of unequivocally punishing King.

Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart (R-Fla.), who called King's remarks "regrettable," suggested it could be a slippery slope for comments that weren't made on the House floor.

"If you start censuring people for what they say outside, on their own, in an interview, we're going to need to open up and stay here for a long time," Diaz-Balart said. "There's no monopoly from one member or from one party saying things are regrettable and offensive."

Rep. Paul Mitchell (R-Mich.) said that he would "probably vote in favor" of censuring King if there was also an opportunity to censure fellow Michigander and freshman Democratic Rep. Rashida Tlaib for calling President Trump a "motherf-----r" last week.

"If you're going to do that, then let's talk about it in terms of standards for all members of Congress, which is we ought to conduct ourselves in a manner that reflects well upon our nation and our constituencies. And I don't believe that either of them have. And that's embarrassing," Mitchell said.

King's remarks to The New York Times about the terms white nationalist and white supremacist are far from the first time his comments have led to criticism from fellow Republicans.

White House denounces Rep. King's white supremacy remarks

White House denounces Rep. King's white supremacy remarks The White House is describing comments by Republican Rep. Steve King about white supremacy as "abhorrent." Presidential press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders is praising the move by House Republicans to strip the nine-term Iowa lawmaker of his committee assignments. King was quoted last week by The New York Times as saying: "White nationalist, white supremacist, Western civilization — how did that language become offensive?" Those comments were widely denounced as racist. The House on Tuesday approved a Democratic measure rebuking King.

The head of House Republicans' campaign arm sharply criticized Iowa GOP Rep. Steve King 's white nationalist rhetoric on Tuesday, just a week before King faces an unexpectedly competitive election.

To Steve King , that makes her “a fighter for our values.” Iowa Congressman Steve King ’s long history of barely veiled racist statements predates the election of He’s kept up the drumbeat in the lead-up to the midterms, perhaps spurred on by the fact that he’s facing his first legitimate Democratic

"White nationalist, white supremacist, Western civilization - how did that language become offensive?" he was quoted as telling the Times in a story published on Thursday.

"Why did I sit in classes teaching me about the merits of our history and our civilization?"

King who has served in Congress since 2003, has repeatedly drawn attention for inflammatory comments about immigration.

King tweeted in 2017 that "we can't restore our civilization with somebody else's babies."

Rep. Steve Stivers (R-Ohio), then the chairman of the House GOP campaign committee, rebuked King a week before Election Day last year for publicly supporting a white nationalist candidate in Toronto and saying to an Austrian publication: "What does this diversity bring that we don't already have?"

King sought to distance himself from white nationalism and white supremacy in both a written statement and his House floor speech.

"I reject that ideology. I defend American civilization, which is an essential component of western civilization," King said, adding that "I regret the heartburn that has poured forth upon this Congress and this country and especially in my state and in my congressional district."

"I've never been anti-immigrant. I have been anti-illegal immigrant and I remain that way," he said.

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Steve King tries to raise campaign money after being punished for his comments on white supremacy.
Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, is using the backlash from his comments about white nationalism to raise money for his next campaign. "The unhinged left has teamed up with Republican 'NeverTrumpers' and is pulling out all the stops to destroy me," King wrote in a campaign email to his supporters, according to the Des Moines Register. King came under fire for comments he made in a New York Times interview, which were perceived as racist.

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