House rejects white supremacy after Rep. King comments

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A resolution of disapproval passed in the U.S. House of Representatives after comments from Iowa Rep. Steve King.

It comes just a day after Republicans declined to give King committee assignments.

The congressman of Iowa’s 4th District has been in the spotlight since the New York Times quoted him saying he doesn’t understand why terms like “white nationalist,” “white supremacist” and “western civilization” are offensive. 

King has a history of making incendiary comments, but this brought sharp criticism from senior members of his own party.

The House of Representatives approved a resolution of disapproval of white supremacy and nationalist ideals Tuesday. 

King voted ‘yes’ to the resolution. 

“And I’ve carefully studied every word in this resolution, and even though I’d add some more that are stronger language, I agree with the language in it,” King said. ” So, I want to ask my colleagues on both sides of the aisle, let’s vote for this resolution. I’m putting up a ‘yes’ on the board here.”

The resolution passed 424 to 1 with Democratic Rep. Bobby Rush of Illinois being the lone ‘no’ vote. He said he voted that way because the resolution wasn’t strong enough. 

Many lawmakers took to the House floor to express their thoughts on King, some even calling for his resignation.

“I also believe that the House of Representatives should go one step further, and I believe we should institute a censure for Mr. King to signal to this county and our children that this behavior is unacceptable,” said Tim Ryan, D-Ohio.

Congressman King was a part of two big committees in the House, the judiciary and agriculture. Now, he won’t attend meetings and use his voice to represent Iowans. Republicans in Iowa say this is a big blow. 

“Their committee work, that’s what they go out there to do, said Craig Robinson, a Republican strategist. “There’s only three members of Congress that have no committee assignments; there’s now King, and there’s two members under indictment for criminal activity. You go out there to do committee work. That’s your daily job, and they’ve taken that away from him. “

“Those can’t continue, and we cannot be a nation divided.  We have got to come together.  We cannot tolerate that type of rhetoric.  We cannot,” said Iowa Sen. Joni Ernst.

When asked if he should resign, she said, “He is an elected Representative from the 4th district. And I trust that the good folks from Iowa in the 4th District will make the correct choice moving forward.”

As King is having troubles at the capitol, he’s facing another one at home as State Senator Randy Feenstra is challenging King to his seat in the Republican primary.

King was just sworn into office after winning the November election. He would have to run in 2020 to retain his seat in Congress.

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