Why on earth does the Republican party refuse to even censure Representative Steve King (R-IA) who represents 700,000 people? After all, he went into a New York Times interview and asked when “white nationalist, white supremacist and western civilization” became “offensive?” That sounds pretty racist. He disagreed, and newly elected Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (AOC) called him on it.
King said he has “never been anti-immigrant.” No, he said he was an “American nationalist.” He said using “racists” has become “overused” and “worn out.” He told POLITICO:
‘I made a freshman mistake a week ago today when i (sic) took a call from a reporter from the New York Times.’
Ocasio-Cortez incredulously asked about the Republicans letting a “white supremacist” represent people? Then again, there was Donald Trump who did not condemn neo-Nazis, after one of them ran down a woman with his car. She had been peacefully protesting. Ocasio-Corteze said “Those aren’t seeds. They’re redwoods:”
‘“Seeds.” Out of the minority of seats they have in Congress, the GOP allowed a white supremacist to represent ~700,000 people. Republicans won’t even censure him. They also protect a president who can’t bring himself to condemn neo-Nazis. Those aren’t seeds. They’re redwoods.’
The youngest female representative ever was referring to The Washington Post tweet, which read:
‘Opinion: The GOP must stamp out the seeds of hatred before it’s too late.’
A reporter read King’s words, and Ocasio-Cortez said:
‘Oh my goodness. It’s extremely disturbing. That’s extremely disturbing. I’m looking forward to having a conversation with Congressman Ryan about what next steps are.’
Of course, it was a new day, because House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) came to town on January 3, 2019. She said she was “not prepared to make any announcement” at that time, but continued:
‘But needless to say there’s interest in doing something. We’ll see what we do about Steve King but nonetheless, nothing is shocking around here, right? The new normal around here is to praise white supremacists, nationalists as something that shouldn’t be shunned. But needless to say there’s interest in doing something.’
Representative Doug Collins (R-GA) is the House Judiciary Committee ranking member. He came down hard on King, too. His statement read::
‘There’s no room in American values for the language that Steve King used. Racism and white supremacy are wicked. They’re incompatible with what we know to be true, that every person is made with untold dignity and value.’
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