House Dem renews call for censuring Steve King

A senior member of the Congressional Black Caucus renewed his call Friday to censure Rep. Steve KingSteven (Steve) Arnold KingSteve King says he can relate to suffering of Jesus The Hill's Morning Report — Combative Trump aims at Pelosi before Russia report Steve King's campaign spent more than it raised last quarter MORE (R-Iowa) over recent comments he rebuked as additional evidence of racism.

In a letter to Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy Patricia D'Alesandro PelosiTrevor Noah on lack of Pelosi nickname from Trump: 'There is a reverence for her' Trump says he would challenge impeachment in Supreme Court The Hill's Morning Report - Will Joe Biden's unifying strategy work? MORE (D-Calif.), Rep. Bobby RushBobby Lee RushCongress should look into its own taxes and travel, not just Trump's The Congressional Black Caucus: America stands to lose a lot under TrumpCare House Dem renews call for censuring Steve King MORE (D-Ill.) cited instances in the past week of that included King criticizing victims of Hurricane Katrina, demurring when asked if a "white society" is "superior" and musing over another civil war between red states with "8 trillion bullets" and blue states.

The House adopted a resolution in January condemning white supremacy after King said in a New York Times interview, "White nationalist, white supremacist, Western civilization — how did that language become offensive?"

House GOP leaders stripped King of his committee assignments following those comments — which came after years of the Iowa Republican making inflammatory remarks about race and immigration.

Rush, as well as Rep. Tim RyanTimothy (Tim) John Ryan2020 Dems rebuke Trump on Iran, say they'd put US back in nuclear deal Where 2020 Democratic candidates stand on impeachment Warren unveils plan to cancel student loan debt, create universal free college MORE (D-Ohio), introduced measures to censure King at the time, but Democratic leaders did not want go that far.

Rush argued Friday that King deserves censuring because he continues to stoke controversy.

"We have repeatedly spoken out and condemned bigotry and racism on the House floor. Nevertheless, [King] has defiantly continued and amplified his behavior. With that in mind, I cannot fathom a way in which we can allow Rep. King’s ongoing and repeated comments to go unpunished," Rush wrote in the letter to Pelosi.

"He is a virulent racist who has repeatedly insulted the American people — and minorities specifically — with his hatred," Rush wrote.

Rush voted against the resolution condemning white supremacy in January because he favored a tougher response to King. The resolution referenced King's comments to The New York Times, but didn't directly rebuke him.

At the time, Rush said he would reserve the right to force a vote on his censure resolution if King made more racist remarks.

"If Steve King utters one more type of racist commentary, then I reserve the right to bring it up out of the Ethics Committee," Rush told reporters in January.

King has said his comments to The New York Times were taken out of context.

When asked in an interview with Iowa Public Television’s “Iowa Press” program if he's "sorry for anything that you've said," King replied: “I have nothing to apologize for."

King's latest comments about Hurricane Katrina victims drew rebukes from both parties.

During a town hall this week, King described how Iowans helped one another compared to victims of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans.

“Here’s what FEMA tells me: We go to a place like New Orleans and everybody’s looking around saying ‘who’s gonna help me?' ” King said.

King said that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) told him that an Iowan, would say “wait a minute, let me get my boots, it’s Joe that needs help. Let’s go down to his place and help him.”

"They’re just always gratified when they come and see how Iowans take care of each other,” he added.

House Minority Whip Steve ScaliseStephen (Steve) Joseph Scalise20 years after Columbine, Dems bullish on gun reform GOP to launch discharge petition on anti-BDS measure This week: Democrats revive net neutrality fight MORE (R-La.) told The Advocate that King's comments were "absurd and offensive."

“His comments about Katrina victims are absurd and offensive, and are a complete contradiction to the strength and resilience the people of New Orleans demonstrated to the entire nation in the wake of the total devastation they experienced,” Scalise said.

Rep. Cedric RichmondCedric Levon RichmondHillicon Valley: Facebook, Google face tough questions on white nationalism | Nielsen's exit raisers cyber worries | McConnell calls net neutrality bill 'dead on arrival' | Facebook changes terms for EU data Facebook, Google face tough questions over white nationalism Reparations bill wins new momentum in Congress MORE (D-La.), a former Congressional Black Caucus chairman who represents New Orleans, blasted King as a "white supremacist."

"My heart goes out to all Iowans. Though it unsettles me that @SteveKingIA would dare compare them to the countless victims of Katrina, many of whom lost their lives. When people show you who they are, believe them. Steve King is a white supremacist and I won’t stand for it," Richmond tweeted.