There aren’t many in Congress who are as out of touch with the reality of America as Representative Steve King (R-IA). We knew that before a New York Times article quoted him saying something stupid. He went before Congress with what he felt was a valid excuse, and it might have been for anyone who hadn’t had challenges with racism in the past. But this is Steve King. He’s had those issues in the past, which is why this latest case should be the last straw.
His quote from the NY Times article:
“White nationalist, white supremacist, Western civilization — how did that language become offensive? Why did I sit in classes teaching me about the merits of our history and our civilization?”
His excuse was feeble. Here’s a video of it.
First, he claims he made a “freshman mistake.” Nope. Freshmen on Capitol Hill would never make such a mistake.
But the real lunacy of his excuse comes in the second part when he tries to frame his comments within a larger discussion that he’s been having throughout his career about historical references crafting our immigration policy and the labels flung around today.
Or something like that. It’s actually hard to tell how his quote had anything to do with what he claims to be a valid excuse.
He referenced a particular Tweet, one that happens to be a known talking point by white supremacists, but hey, this is his excuse.
“Nazi” is injected into Leftist talking points because the worn out & exhausted “racist” is over used & applied to everyone who lacks melanin & who fail to virtue signal at the requisite frequency & decibels. But…Nazis were socialists & Leftists are socialists.
— Steve King (@SteveKingIA) September 9, 2018
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy claims he’s going to do something about it, but anything short of asking him to resign will not be enough.
“I have a scheduled meeting with him on Monday, and I will tell you this: I’ve watched on the other side that they do not take action when their members say something like this,” McCarthy told host Margaret Brennan on CBS’s “Face The Nation.”
“Action will be taken. I’m having a serious conversation with Congressman Steve King on his future and role in this Republican Party,” McCarthy said. “There is a number of things you’ll see that is taking place.”
Steve King is one of many reasons I no longer identify as a Republican. I’m a conservative and a limited-government federalist. I could be a Republican again someday if people like Steve King would stop polluting the party, but it won’t happen.