REPUBLICAN REP.: Steve King’s Racist Remarks Don’t Represent My Party

‘I think he ought to go find another line of work…’

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Steve King/Photo by Gage Skidmore (CC)

(Kaylee McGhee, Liberty Headlines) Several influential GOP members have condemned Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, for his remarks to The New York Times, in which he questioned why the terms “white nationalist” and “white supremacist” had become offensive.

Congressional leadership quickly disavowed the comments, and the House voted to rebuke King, though Republicans have not made clear whether Congress would officially censure the Iowa Republican.

In an op-ed for USA Today, Rep. Will Hurd, R-Texas, referenced King without naming him, saying that some people affiliated with the Republican Party have recently “made racist comments that give legitimacy to hateful ideologies.”

Hurd, who is African–American, tried to dispel the common narrative thread from opponents on the Left that racism was central to the GOP platform, invoking the party’s proud civil rights legacy.

“As a Republican, I believe it’s unfortunate that a perception still exists in the minds of some Americans that the GOP condones racism. Our party was built upon the beliefs of President Abraham Lincoln, who took the significant step to put us on the long path for equality,” he wrote.

Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., also called King out, saying his comments were “abhorrent” and “racist.” King slammed Cheney for the criticism, saying on “The Ed Martin Movement” radio show that Cheney’s rebuke reveals that she isn’t fighting on the same side as him.

But Cheney reiterated her conclusion on Sunday on “Meet the Press”: “I think I was pretty clear, and our entire House leadership was very clear last week,” she said. “We, under the guidance of Leader McCarthy, stripped him of his committee assignments. And I think there’s simply no place for that language in any of our national discourse.”

“I think he ought to go find another line of work,” Cheney added.

King has defended himself, saying that he has never supported white supremacy and that he “doesn’t know how it could possibly come out of my mouth.”

He blasted House Republicans for stripping him of his committee assignments, calling it a “political decision that ignores the truth.”