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Congressional Black Caucus calls for Steve King to be removed from committees

Congressional Black Caucus calls for Steve King to be removed from committees
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The Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) called for Rep. Steve KingSteven (Steve) Arnold KingFeenstra wins Iowa House race to fill Steve King's seat Democrats lead in 3 of 4 Iowa House races: poll Hillicon Valley: House votes to condemn QAnon | Americans worried about foreign election interference | DHS confirms request to tap protester phones MORE (R-Iowa) to be removed from his committee assignments Saturday after remarks he made about white supremacy earlier this week.

CBC chairwoman Rep. Karen BassKaren Ruth BassThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by the UAE Embassy in Washington, DC - Trump OKs transition; Biden taps Treasury, State experience Five House Democrats who could join Biden Cabinet Pressure grows on California governor to name Harris replacement MORE (D-Calif.) linked King's comments to President TrumpDonald John TrumpVenezuela judge orders prison time for 6 American oil executives Trump says he'll leave White House if Biden declared winner of Electoral College The Memo: Biden faces tough road on pledge to heal nation MORE and asked for him to be deposed.

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“Like Donald Trump,” she said, “Steve King has sought again and again to give comfort to white supremacists, something that should never be allowed in the halls of Congress or the Oval Office."

Bass characterized King's remarks as "racist" and the Iowa Republican needed more than just condemnation.

“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. Instead, they must actually condemn Mr. King by removing him from his committee assignments so that he can no longer affect policies that impact the very people he has made it clear he disdains."

"Anything less than these substantive actions is another tacit acceptance of racism from the Republican party,” Bass added.

King experienced amplified blowback after comments he made in a Thursday interview with The New York Times where he questioned why terms like "white supremacist" have been deemed racist.

“White nationalist, white supremacist, Western civilization — how did that language become offensive?” he asked in the Times interview.

King attempted to defuse the controversy on Friday, saying on the House floor that he regrets “the heartburn” his remarks have caused in Congress and Iowa.

The comments have received bipartisan backlash over the last few days.

Both of Iowa's Republican senators, Chuck GrassleyCharles (Chuck) Ernest GrassleyRep. Rick Allen tests positive for COVID-19 On The Money: Biden to nominate Yellen for Treasury secretary | 'COVID cliff' looms | Democrats face pressure to back smaller stimulus Loeffler to continue to self-isolate after conflicting COVID-19 test results MORE and Joni ErnstJoni Kay ErnstThe Memo: Trump plows ahead with efforts to overturn election More conservatives break with Trump over election claims Peggy Noonan: 'Bogus dispute' by Trump 'doing real damage' MOREcondemned the questions as "offensive."

Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiGovernors take heat for violating their own coronavirus restrictions Spending deal clears obstacle in shutdown fight Ocasio-Cortez, Cruz trade jabs over COVID-19 relief: People 'going hungry as you tweet from' vacation MORE (D-Calif.) suggested that some punitive action may be taken against King for the remarks.