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 KingThirty-four GOP members buck Trump on disaster bill Overnight Energy — Presented by Job Creators Network — House Republican tries to force Green New Deal vote | 'Awkward' hearing to vet Interior nominee and watchdog | House panel approves bill to stop drilling in Arctic refuge Steve King: One 'good side' of climate change could be shrinking deserts 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 Dems propose billions in extra funding for environmental programs that Trump sought to cut A crucial lesson from the carnage in Sri Lanka Congress should look into its own taxes and travel, not just Trump's MORE (D-Ill.), saying that it was not specific enough in its condemnation of King.

Rush and Rep. Tim RyanTimothy (Tim) John RyanMomentum builds behind push to pass laws enshrining abortion rights Poll: Biden is only Dem candidate that beats Trump outside of margin of error Eye-popping number of Dems: I can beat Trump 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 McConnellOn The Money: Treasury rejects Dem subpoena for Trump tax returns | Companies warn trade war about to hit consumers | Congress, White House to launch budget talks next week | Trump gets deal to lift steel tariffs on Mexico, Canada Schumer calls on McConnell to hold vote on Equality Act House Dem cites transgender grandson in voting for Equality Act MORE (R-Ky.), Sen. Mitt RomneyWillard (Mitt) Mitt RomneySeveral factors have hindered 'next up' presidential candidates in recent years Small Florida county that backed Trump one of two targeted by Russians: reports Foreign Relations senators demand Iran briefing MORE (R-Utah) and House GOP Conference Chairwoman Liz CheneyElizabeth (Liz) Lynn CheneyThe GOP's commitment to electing talented women can help party retake the House GOP launches anti-BDS discharge petition Republicans amp up attacks on Tlaib's Holocaust comments 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.