Des Moines Register calls on Steve King to resign

Des Moines Register calls on Steve King to resign
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The Des Moines Register published a scathing editorial on Tuesday calling for Rep. Steve KingSteven (Steve) Arnold KingTrump stokes Dems' anti-Semitism spat ahead of 2020 The Hill's Morning Report - Dems look to rebuild 'blue wall' Sarah Sanders won't say if Trump believes Dems hate Jews MORE (R-Iowa) to resign over his recent remarks regarding white supremacy.

“Congressman Steve King should resign. He has lost even the potential to effectively represent his Iowa constituents because of his abhorrent comments about white nationalism and white supremacy,” the paper’s editorial board wrote. 

“We don’t make the argument that King should resign lightly, or based on partisan preferences," it added, noting that King was reelected to a ninth term in November and voters "had every opportunity to recognize" his "caustic, racially charged ideology" on immigration.

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The newspaper published the editorial hours after the House voted for a resolution broadly rejecting white supremacy in the wake of King's comments – a resolution that the Iowa Republican voted for on Tuesday.

The measure passed by a vote of 424-1, with the lone dissenter, Rep. Bobby RushBobby Lee RushHouse Dem vets press McConnell on emergency declaration Dem lawmakers unveil Journalist Protection Act amid Trump attacks on media Dems mock Trump's pitch for Fourth of July celebration MORE (D-Ill.), saying that it was not specific enough in its condemnation of King.

Rush and Rep. Tim RyanTimothy (Tim) John RyanHillicon Valley: Google takes heat at privacy hearing | 2020 Dems to debate 'monopoly power' | GOP rips net neutrality bill | Warren throws down gauntlet over big tech | New scrutiny for Trump over AT&T merger 2020 Dem candidates to hold debate on 'monopoly power' Tim Ryan ‘seriously considering’ 2020 bid MORE (D-Ohio) have both introduced resolutions to censure King for his remarks last week in a New York Times interview, when he questioned why terms such as "white nationalist" and "white supremacy" had become offensive.

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

The Register said the comments should be “career ending.”

House Republicans have removed King from his positions on the House Judiciary, Agriculture and Small Business committees in the wake of uproar over his remarks.

Several members of Congress, including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellRepublicans up for reelection fear daylight with Trump Overnight Energy: Students around globe demand climate action | EPA bans consumer sales of deadly chemical in paint strippers | Green New Deal set for Senate vote The Hill's Morning Report — Trump readies first veto after latest clash with Senate GOP MORE (R-Ky.), Sen. Mitt RomneyWillard (Mitt) Mitt RomneyThe 25 Republicans who defied Trump on emergency declaration Overnight Defense: Senate rejects border emergency in rebuke to Trump | Acting Pentagon chief grilled on wall funding | Warren confronts chief over war fund budget 12 Republican senators defy Trump on emergency declaration  MORE (R-Utah) and House GOP Conference Chairwoman Liz CheneyElizabeth (Liz) Lynn CheneyGOP lawmakers: House leaders already jockeying for leadership contests Pentagon: Trump's 'cost plus 50' plan hasn't been discussed with Europe Liz Cheney: Dems are 'enabling anti-Semitism' MORE (R-Wyo.) have called on King to find another line of work.

The Iowa Republican has a history of making highly controversial comments about immigration and western civilization.

He was criticized for saying in 2017 that “we can’t rebuild our civilization with somebody else’s babies” while tweeting in support of an anti-Muslim nationalist Dutch politician and meeting in 2018 with a far-right Austrian group associated with the Nazi party. 

“King has often made Iowa a laughing stock on the national stage with his offensive and absurd remarks about undocumented immigrants, comparing them to dogs or disparaging them as drug mules with calves the size of cantaloupes,” the Register wrote.

King has made it clear he has no intention of resigning.

“I will continue to point out the truth and work with all the vigor that I have to represent 4th District Iowans for at least the next two years,” he said Monday.