Rep. Steve King removed from committee assignments amid 'white supremacist' controversy

Rep. Steve King removed from committee assignments amid 'white supremacist' controversy

Rep. Steve King removed from committee assignments amid 'white supremacist' controversy

After the comments drew the public's ire, King made it clear that he does not consider himself a white supremacist or a white nationalist, and does not approve of the ideology.

A prominent Republican lawmaker, King faces losing his chairmanship of the House Judiciary subcommittee on Constitution and Civil Justice as well as his membership in the Agriculture, Small Business and Judiciary committee. Meanwhile, Democrats are still threatening further action against King, with two different censure resolutions having been introduced already. "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".

A third Democrat, Rep. Tim Ryan of OH, introduced a separate censure resolution against King.

"Rep King's statements are unwelcome and unworthy of his elected position".

King has faced criticism after he told The New York Times that he thought it was wrong white nationalism and white supremacy were considered offensive.

"First of all, every Republican being asked about this including people like Ted Cruz who have been hunting with the guy, who sucked up to the guy when he was running in Iowa", she noted.

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"Steve King's despicable comments harken back to the dark days of American history where his rabid, racist remarks would have been acceptable to a significant portion of our nation".

"I will admit I am unsure who is offended by the term "Western civilization" on its own, but anyone who needs "white nationalist" or "white supremacist" defined, described and defended does lack some pretty common knowledge", Scott wrote in the The Washington Post.

'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. "If he doesn't understand why "white supremacy" is offensive, he should find another line of work".

King was stripped of his committee assignments in Congress by Republicans after Democrats in the House of Representatives indicated they would vote to censure him for the comments.

"But I think we spoke loud and clear that we will not tolerate this in the Republican Party", McCarthy said. It would be unusual if Trump, who appears to be up-to-date on the details of Amazon founder Jeff Bezos's divorce, was unaware of one of the largest stories riling the Republican party over which he presides. "The word racist, the word Nazi, the word fascist, the phrase white nationalists, the phrase white supremacists".

But US President Donald Trump declined to condemn the remarks, pressed to comment by reporters at the White House on Monday. "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.

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