King to vote for resolution rejecting white supremacy

King to vote for resolution rejecting white supremacy
© Greg Nash

Embattled Rep. Steve KingSteven (Steve) Arnold KingWhy the GOP march of mad hatters poses a threat to our Democracy MSNBC's Donny Deutsch: 'Pathetic' Republicans who stormed closed hearing are 'boring, nerdy-looking white guys' Overnight Defense: Trump lifts sanctions on Turkey | 'Small number' of troops to remain by Syrian oil fields | Defense official's impeachment testimony delayed five hours after Republicans storm secure room MORE (R-Iowa) said Tuesday that he would vote in favor of a resolution to condemn white supremacy in the aftermath of GOP leaders moving to strip him of any committee assignments.

The House is slated to vote later Tuesday afternoon on a resolution from Majority Whip James Clyburn (D-S.C.), a senior member of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC), that's meant to be a response to King but doesn't rebuke him directly.


The resolution states that the House “once again rejects White nationalism and White supremacy as hateful expressions of intolerance that are contradictory to the values that define the people of the United States.”

Clyburn tailored the resolution, which does not directly rebuke or criticize King, as such to draw bipartisan support.

The resolution does make a reference to King’s controversial comments, in which he told The New York Times: “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?”

King said during House floor debate that he would support the resolution to show he rejects white supremacy.

"I want to compliment the gentleman from South Carolina for bringing this resolution. And I've carefully studied every word in this resolution and even though I'd add some more that are stronger language, I agree with the language in it," King said.
"What you state here is right and it's true and it's just."
Clyburn had described the resolution while introducing it Monday night as one that would "express this august body's disapproval of Mr. King's comments and condemnation of white nationalism and white supremacy in all forms."

At least one House Democrat has said the resolution doesn't go far enough. Rep. Bobby RushBobby Lee Rush50 Cent meets with Pelosi, lawmakers on Capitol Hill Biden apologizes for calling Clinton impeachment a 'partisan lynching' AOC: Trump comparing impeachment inquiry to a lynching is 'atrocious' MORE (D-Ill.), one of two Democrats who introduced a censure resolution against King on Monday, said he will vote against it.

“While I strongly condemn white supremacy and white nationalism, my position remains unchanged. Anything short of censure is shallow," Rush, another senior CBC member, said in a statement.

House GOP leaders moved Monday night to prevent King from receiving any committee assignments for the new Congress. King called it a "political decision that ignores the truth."