House Democrat warns ethics committee about Steve King promoting white nationalism website

House Democrat warns ethics committee about Steve King promoting white nationalism website
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Rep. Tim RyanTimothy (Tim) John RyanThe Hill's Campaign Report: Battle for Senate begins to take shape Head of flight attendants group claims 'broad support' for 'Medicare for All' among union members 2020 Democrats release joint statement ahead of Trump's New Hampshire rally MORE (D-Ohio) alerted the House Ethics Committee to Rep. Steve KingSteven (Steve) Arnold KingSteve King says 'left-wing media' and GOP leadership owe him apology after rape, incest comments 11 Essential reads you missed this week I'm not a Nazi, I'm just a dude: What it's like to be the other Steve King MORE (R-Iowa) using his official government website to promote a white nationalist blog.

Ryan sent a letter to the committee on Tuesday after a HuffPost report found that King’s government website links to anti-immigrant site VDare.

The Ohio Democrat’s letter, addressed to committee chairman Rep. Ted DeutchTheodore (Ted) Eliot DeutchHouse Democrats urge Trump to end deportations of Iraqis after diabetic man's death House conservatives call for ethics probe into Joaquin Castro tweet Democratic leaders seek to have it both ways on impeachment MORE (D-Fla.) and ranking member Rep. Kenny MarchantKenny Ewell MarchantHouse conservatives call for ethics probe into Joaquin Castro tweet Texas faces turbulent political moment Democratic Party official: Texas is 'biggest battleground state in the country' MORE (R-Texas), said he wanted the panel to be aware of “the continued use of government resources on the part of Rep. King to promote and advance white nationalism.” 

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A link on King's website directs readers to a 2016 VDare piece from author Brenda Walker, who has made several false anti-immigrant claims, HuffPost found. She has written that Mexicans are “an ethnic group that has neither interest nor aptitude” and has falsely stated that “sex with children is socially acceptable in Mexico.”

The Southern Poverty Law Center describes VDare as an “anti-immigration hate website” that serves to “promote the work of white supremacists, anti-Semites and others on the radical right.”

Ryan added in the letter obtained by the outlet that King’s behavior “brings shame on the House of Representatives as a representative institution.”

Michael Zetts, Ryan’s spokesman, told HuffPost that the letter to the panel is not necessarily an indication that he will again push for a censure against King.

“We are going to wait to hear back from the Ethics Committee first,” Zetts said.

The Hill has reached out to King for comment.

Tom Rust, the staff director and chief counsel of the Ethics Committee, declined to comment to HuffPost about the letter.

Ryan’s letter follows his attempts to censure King after the Iowa Republican questioned in an interview with The New York Times why the terms "white supremacist" and "white nationalist" had become "offensive."

The comments sparked massive backlash and led to House Republicans stripping the nine-term congressman of his committee assignments.

King said in a House floor speech that he made a “freshman mistake” in agreeing to an interview with the Times and said he regretted the “heartburn” his comments had caused.

"I've never been anti-immigrant. I have been anti-illegal immigrant, and I remain that way," King said. 

King sought to make clear that he rejects ideologies like white nationalism.

"I reject that ideology. I defend American civilization, which is an essential component of western civilization," King said.