Steve King Lost His Committee Posts Over Racist Comments. Now He Should Resign.

Iowa Congressman Steve King has a long history of making incredibly racist comments, but he finally crossed a line that even his fellow Republicans can’t ignore. On January 10, King commented to the New York Times: “White nationalist, white supremacist, Western civilization — how did that language become offensive?”

A noted and unrepentant racist, King has spouted rhetoric used by Trump in his relentless campaigns against immigrants and other marginalized communities.

Lest you think this was a slip of the tongue — from a guy with a very lengthy list of horrific racist quotes – King doubled down, explaining that he was a “nationalist” who believes in “Western civilization’s values.” Yikes.

After years of being asked to do something about King, Republicans finally had to admit that his racism had gone from dogwhistle — the GOP’s preferred mode of expression — to klaxon. Consequently, he was stripped of his committee assignments, diluting his power and influence.

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But he’s still in Congress, and many people think that’s a problem. A man with his history of hateful comments shouldn’t be playing a role in lawmaking — and even the Des Moines Register agrees that he is not serving his state’s best interests.

Iowans are generally starting to sour on King, who had a squeaker of an election in 2016. Hate shouldn’t have a place in Congress, where men like King draft and vote upon laws that will have a substantive impact on the lives of people of color.

Oh, and it’s not just people of color. King has also taken heat in the past for his positions on animal welfare, which are pretty extreme, to say the least.

He’s supported dog and cock fighting, defended puppy and kitten mills, and attacked animal welfare advocates. King has also said hateful things about abortion – I know, shocking. His remarks have often veered into the deeply absurd, the kind of ranting that should worry voters.

Stripping King of his committee assignments was absolutely the right move. White supremacists need to learn that their actions have consequences, and that promoting hate is an action; King’s words have been used to justify extremely hateful deeds, and his aggressive hatred of people of color meant that he couldn’t serve all his constituents fairly, as is his job.

It’s frustrating that Republicans had to be pushed into this by a series of comments so egregious that they couldn’t be glossed over or avoided any longer. And it’s notable that Congressional Republicans have failed to act against the leader of their party, who parrots similar comments about people of color.

But just losing committees simply isn’t enough. Men like King should not have a place in Congress, and he should resign, admitting that he doesn’t serve his constituents and doesn’t represent American values. It should not fall to Republicans to have to impeach him so he can be removed from office, a costly and time-consuming process for people who should be involved in governance.

King may think he has nothing to regret; he released a fiery and defensive set of comments about his fall from grace, after all. Whether or not King thinks he’s wrong, though, he should be able to read the room. Iowa voters don’t want him, the newspapers that represent the community of Iowa don’t want him, and his own party finds him an embarrassment.

King should make his last act of public life something to be proud of by quietly slinking out the back door.

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43 comments

Sharon F
Sharon F2 months ago

Steve King is soooo yesterday! He should resign and be replaced with an intelligent young woman like AO-C.

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Carol J
Carol Johnson2 months ago

Thanks for sharing signed

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Dot A
Dot A3 months ago

Can't change a leopards spots. Save your energy Peggy B. You've got wonderful things to do other than to try. Thanks for the compliment, Mary B. - and it circles back to you!

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David F
David F3 months ago

Peggy B, your attempt at defending Louis Farrakhan for even 1 ms proved beyond any doubt either you are extraordinarily ignorant of his history, or you are the biggest bigot on care2.

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Dubravka T
Dubravka T3 months ago

I do not tolerate any racism

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danii p
danii p3 months ago

Thank you

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danii p
danii p3 months ago

Thank you

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danii p
danii p3 months ago

Thank you

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Chad Anderson
Chad Anderson3 months ago

Thank you.

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Karin Hanson
Karin Hanson3 months ago

This Greedy Old Poop should have been gone long ago.... however, he is a Repug so apparently. it is just fine that he stays in his position!! SAD

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