White Nationalist Congressman King Votes ‘Present’
Every Democrat in the House on Thursday afternoon voted in favor of a resolution condemning a wide range of hate, including anti-Semitism and anti-Muslim bigotry, racism, and white supremacy.
But white Nationalist Republican Congressman Steve King (photo) refused to vote for the measure. Instead, he voted “present.”
The final vote was 407-23. The 23 no’s were all Republican Members of Congress, among them: Rep. Liz Cheney (MT), Mo Brooks (AL), Chris Collins (NY), Louie Gohmert (TX), Paul Gosar (AZ).
The full list:
All the Republicans who voted AGAINST the anti-hate resolution pic.twitter.com/1DHszREDKz
— Melanie Zanona (@MZanona) March 7, 2019
The 7-page resolution originally was drafted as a means to condemn remarks seen as anti-Semitic from Democratic Congresswoman Ilhan Omar of Minnesota. But younger Democrats urged Speaker Pelosi to have the measure drafted to include more forms of hate and bigotry, which she did.
In January, the House voted 424-1 to condemn white supremacy and white nationalism, in response to remarks Congressman King had made. He voted in favor of the resolution.
The resolution passed Thursday begins:
“Condemning anti-Semitism as hateful expressions of intolerance that are contradictory to the values and aspirations that define the people of the United States and condemning anti-Muslim discrimination and bigotry against minorities as hateful expressions of intolerance that are contrary to the values and aspirations of the United States.”
Read the full resolution here.
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