Iowa Rep, Steve King, Stripped of Committee Assignments After GOP Leadership Concludes White Supremacy Comments Too Offensive
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WASHINGTON – The third-ranking House Republican, Wyoming Rep. Liz Cheney, echoed the statements of other GOP leaders on Tuesday as she stated that Iowa Rep. Steve King should “find another line of work.”
“His language questioning whether or not the notion of white supremacy is offensive is absolutely abhorrent, it’s racist,” Cheney told reporters. “We do not support it or agree with it.”
King came under fire on Thursday following an interview with The New York Times where he questioned how “white nationalist, white supremacist, Western civilization — how did that language become offensive?”
The Iowa congressman defended the statement, claiming that his comment was misrepresented and “like the Founding Fathers I am an advocate for Western Civilization’s values,” rather than white supremacy.
Regardless, King was stripped of his committee assignments after the GOP party’s leadership convened Monday night and concluded that his statements regarding white supremacy were too offensive.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell commended House leadership for their swift action on condemning King, stating that “there is no place in the Republican Party, the Congress or the country for an ideology of racial supremacy of any kind.” He further noted that King should search for “another line of work.”
Cheney expressed agreement with McConnell’s harsh condemnation during a press conference.
“I agree with Leader McConnell, actually,” the Republican House Conference chair said. “I think he should find another line of work.”