Black Caucus Wants Steve King’s Committee Assignments Stripped Over Racist Comments
"White nationalist, white supremacist, Western civilization — how did that language become offensive?" This was an actual sentiment expressed by Congressman Steve King (R-IA) in an interview with The New York Times. While this is far from the first time King has uttered racially charged words, the Congressional Black Caucus’ new Chair, Congresswoman Karen Bass (D-CA), wants King to finally face consequences for his embrace of white supremacists and racist comments from the GOP -- some of whom have finally spoken out against their Iowa colleague. She called on the House GOP to remove King from his Committee assignments so that “he can no longer affect policies that impact the very people he has made it clear he disdains," Bass said. King currently serves on the House Judiciary, Small Business, and Agriculture Committees. "If Republicans really believe these racist statements have no place in our government, then their party must offer more than shallow temporary statements of condemnation," Bass continued. "Republicans should make clear Mr. King is no longer welcomed in their party or Congress ... Anything less than these substantive actions is another tacit acceptance of racism from the Republican Party." House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA)told CBS’ Face The Nation he was reviewing King’s Committee assignments and that “action will be taken” over King’s comments, and he said he was slated to meet with King on Monday to discuss the 69-year-old IA Congressman’s future in the GOP. South Carolina Senator Tim Scott, the only Black Republican in the Senate, on Friday published a WaPo op-ed hitting King for the white supremacist comments as well as fellow GOPers for keeping silent during instances of racism. It’s worth noting that Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) got five times more coverage for her use of profanity about impeaching Donald Trump than King’s questioning of why white supremacy is considered offensive, according to data collected by the liberal nonprofit Media Matters for America. More here.