Major paper from Steve King's home state calls on him to resign — but he's putting up a fight

Major paper from Steve King's home state calls on him to resign — but he's putting up a fight
U.S. Rep. Steve King/Flickr
U.S. Rep. Steve King/Flickr

This week, the GOP Steering Committee took the extraordinary step of stripping Rep. Steve King (R-IA) of his committee assignments, following his interview with The New York Times in which he asked what was so wrong with white supremacy.

King, who has had a long history of racist comments and affiliations with white nationalists as his party turned a blind eye, and who only just squeaked out a re-election win in a solidly red district, is now abruptly facing calls to resign from within his own party, including from Sen. Mitt Romney (R-UT) and Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY).

And on Tuesday, the Des Moines Register, one of the largest papers in Kong's home state, joined the call.

"Congressman Steve King should resign," wrote the editorial board. "He has lost even the potential to effectively represent his Iowa constituents because of his abhorrent comments about white nationalism and white supremacy."

It continued:

Not that King has seemed particularly interested in working for his district in recent years. Instead of holding town-hall meetings with his constituents, King spent many congressional breaks globe-trotting to Europe and hobnobbing with hard-right, nationalist leaders.These meetings apparently served to reinforce his own warped views of cultural purity and immigration."

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.

"We don’t expect King to listen to us," concluded the editorial. "But maybe he would listen to [Sen. Chuck] Grassley, [Sen. Joni] Ernst, [Gov. Kim] Reynolds and Republicans in his district. They should encourage him to step aside for the good of the Republican Party and, more importantly, for the good of Iowa."

If this disapproval in any way fazes King, he's not showing it. On the contrary, he has been raging and storming at his own party for throwing him under the bus, and on Tuesday, according to Washington Post reporter Dave Weigel, he took a particular pot shot at House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA):

It seems clear that King is not going down without a fight. But with even the GOP sick of his racist antics, it is doubtful he has a meaningful political future left.

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