One, a top member of the Congressional Black Caucus on Monday said he will file a motion to censure King.
Rep. Bobby Rush, Democrat of Illinois, said Congress “cannot be a platform for Steve King and those of his ilk,” according to The Hill.
“He has become too comfortable with proudly insulting, disrespecting, and denigrating people of color. As with any animal that is rabid, Steve King should be set aside and isolated,” Congressman Rush said in a statement.
“His rabid racism continues to stain and embarrass this body and the years of deliberate silence from Republicans have only emboldened his ignorant and immoral behavior and empowered those who emulate him,” Rush charged.
Rep. King, who has been sent to Congress nine times by his Iowa constituents, asked The New York Times in an interview last week when “white nationalist” and “white supremacist” became “offensive.”
Separately, Rep. Tim Ryan (D-OH) introduced a resolution to censure King, charging that King’s comments “legitimize White supremacy and White nationalism as acceptable in today’s society,” and “are abhorrent to the founding principles of our nation and our rich history of diversity and tolerance of those who backgrounds and beliefs have made America the envy of the world,” The Hill added.
Congressman King late last week took to the floor of the House to say that he denounced the “evil ideologies” of white nationalism and white supremacism, but his past remarks and actions over many years make clear he supports them. He later chalked up making the racist remarks as a “rookie mistake.”
Also separately, House Majority Whip James Clyburn (D-SC) said he would introduce a resolution to rebuke, but not censure Rep. King.
Meanwhile, some Republicans in the House and Senate have condemned King’s remarks, but not his actions or positions.
This is the first test for House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), who says he will take action.
“I’m having a serious conversation with Congressman Steve King about his future and role in this Republican Party,” McCarthy told “Face the Nation.”
“I will not stand back as a leader of this party, believing in this nation that all are created equal, that that stands or continues to stand and have any role with us.”
King, a nine-term Congressman who represents a district that is more than 95 percent white, is perhaps best-known for accusing undocumented immigrants of having “calves the size of cantaloupes” from “running drugs across the Mexican border.”
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Steve King Just Can’t Give a Straight Answer When a Constituent Asks Him if White Societies Are ‘Superior’
‘That’s So Hypothetical’
Rep. Steve King (R-IA) seems keenly aware that his longtime personal style of espousing open white supremacy is starting to wreck his political career.
Perhaps for that reason, at a recent town hall event, King tried a slightly different tack —as The New York Times reported:
“Do you think a white society is superior to a nonwhite society?” Mary Lavelle, 63, asked, testing his reputation for white supremacist sympathies.
“I don’t have an answer for that. That’s so hypothetical,” Mr. King, Republican of Iowa, told her. “I’ll say this, America is not a white society — it has never been a completely white society. We came here and joined the Native Americans.”
He continued: “I’ve long said that a baby can be lifted out of a cradle anywhere in the world and brought into any home in America, whatever the color of the folks in that household, and they can be raised to be American as any other. And I believe that every one of us, every one of us, is created in God’s image.”
Leaving aside the ridiculousness of King’s claim that we “joined the Native Americans” when in fact the colonists and their descendants conducted a brutal genocide against them, King has not “long said” that a baby from anywhere in the world could be raised American. In fact, he famously said the exact opposite in 2017, warning that “We can’t restore our civilization with somebody else’s babies.”
For years, King was given total impunity by his Republican colleagues to engage in appalling racism, from claiming that most young Mexicans are drug mules to giving an interview to a Nazi-founded Austrian group during a Holocaust education trip. The last straw, however, was an interview with The New York Times in January, in which he demanded to know when “white nationalist” and “white supremacist” became offensive terms. Finally recognizing King was a political liability, Republicans condemned him and stripped him of his House committee assignments.
Now, it seems, King is trying to reinvent his public image. But if his answer on “white societies” is representative of his efforts, it won’t end well for him.
Former GOP Gov. Warns Eliminating Electoral College Means It’s Only ‘Minorities That Would Elect’ Presidents
Paul LePage is not staying quiet now that he’s left politics in Maine. The foul-mouthed former Republican Tea Party Governor is claiming that a bill lawmakers are considering to support the elimination of the Electoral College nationwide would disenfranchise white voters.
“Actually what would happen if they do what they say they’re gonna do is white people will not have anything to say. It’s only going to be the minorities that would elect. It would be California, Texas, Florida,” LePage told a Maine radio station he called in to from his new home in Florida, the Maine Beacon reports.
LePage, a Trump supporter who often bragged he was Trump before Trump was Trump, called the move “an insane process” and warned, “we’re gonna be forgotten people.”
The “we” he was referring to is white people.
Duke University Professor Steps Down After Complaint About Chinese Speakers on Campus
Megan Lee Neely, an assistant professor and director of graduate studies at Duke University, has stepped down after a controversy surrounding an email she sent to students on Friday. In the email, Neely aired complaints from two unnamed teachers over Chinese students speaking Chinese, demanding that they speak English on campus.
One professor from Duke University sent out an email asking Chinese students not to speak Chinese in school building. pic.twitter.com/6xGkIeScJo
— (@siruihua) January 26, 2019
“Both faculty members picked out a small group of first year students who they observed speaking Chinese (in their words, VERY LOUDLY) in the student lounge,” said Neely in the email. “They wanted to write down the names so they could remember them if the students ever interviewed for an internship or asked to work with them for a master’s project.
“They were disappointed that the students were not taking the opportunity to improve their English and were being so impolite as to have a conversation that not everyone on the floor could understand,” Neely continued.
Neely concluded with a warning to students to “PLEASE PLEASE keep these unintended consequences in mind when you choose to speak Chinese in the building,” and urged the students to “commit to using English 100% of the time when you are in Hock (Hock Plaza, a property at the campus) or any other professional setting.”
The email was circulated on social media, where a second, similar note from Neely, from early 2018, also made the rounds.
The response was swift, with the Dean of Duke’s School of Medicine, Mary E. Klotman, sending an email of her own, apologizing for Neely’s email, and clarifying that there is no requirement to speak a specific language on campus.
Update: Here’s the letter from Mary E. Klotman, Dean of School of Medicine. “I have asked the university’s Office of Institutional Equity (OIE) to conduct a thorough review of the Master’s of Biostatistics Program…”pic.twitter.com/Z8JksiJywU
— (@siruihua) January 27, 2019
“To be clear: there is absolutely no restriction or limitation on the language you use to converse or communicate with each other. Your career opportunities and recommendations will not in any way be influenced by the language you use outside the classroom. And your privacy will always be protected,” said Klotman.
Klotman also added, “Dr. Neely has asked to step down as director of graduate studies for the master’s program effective immediately and will be replaced by an interim DGS to be named shortly.”
While she has been removed from the directorship, she is still an assistant professor. A full review of the School of Medicine program is underway according to the Duke Chronicle.
Image by Tjcalboy [Public domain], from Wikimedia Commons
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