Congressman Steve King (R-IA), under fire in recent days for asking why white supremacy is bad, announced Tuesday that he supports a House measure condemning his remarks. The measure passed in the House 424-1.
“White nationalist, white supremacist, Western civilization – how did that language become offensive?” King said in a The New York Times interview last week.“Why did I sit in classes teaching me about the merits of our history and our civilization?”
King was stripped of his committee seats on Monday as the fallout from the Times interview spread.
House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn (D-SC), a civil rights leader, drafted the resolution reprimanding King. Titled “Rejecting White nationalism and White supremacy,” the resolution singled out King’s “hateful expressions of intolerance that are contradictory to the values that define the people of the United States.”
“Now is the time to do right,’’ Clyburn said. “This body must speak out against this evil.”
Clyburn was joined by House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), who said Tuesday that “House Republicans denounce his language. We do not believe in his language and we’ve decided that he will not serve on any” committees.
King urged his colleagues to support Clyburn’s resolution… but only after referring to criticism of his language as an “unprecedented assault” on his freedom of speech.
“I regret that we are in this place,” King said on the House floor Tuesday afternoon. “I agree with every word that you have put in this. It’s an honest and a direct resolution put together to address a subject that has been too long before the public dialogue in this country.”
He added: “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.”
Rep. Steve King: "Let's vote for this resolution. I'm putting up a 'yes' up on board here because what you state here is right and it's true and it's just. And so is what I have stated here on the floor of the House of Representatives." pic.twitter.com/AwDRjLddl1
— CSPAN (@cspan) January 15, 2019
He is slick.
— Constance Graham (@wilsongraham123) January 15, 2019
This is not the first time Steve King has made these kinds of comments he believes he can get away with that just like Donald Trump gets away with it
— Natalie (@sorrya2) January 15, 2019
so … he is voting to condemn…himself？
— Mueller Investigation News (@Moon32535996) January 15, 2019
King’s track record is peppered with instances of racial animus.