GOP Congressman Steve Stivers Calls Out Steve King For His White Supremacist Views
Steve King, a Republican Congressman from Iowa, has long been know for his overtly Nationalist views. Despite many calls to do so, the Republican party has been slow to criticize his comments.
Today, however, Congressman Steve Stivers (R) of Ohio, came out very strongly against King. This especially significant as Stivers heads the National Republican Congressional Committee.
On his twitter feed, Stivers wrote, “Congressman Steve King’s recent comments, actions, and retweets are completely inappropriate. We must stand up against white supremacy and hate in all forms, and I strongly condemn this behavior.”
Making this condemnation more serious is Stivers position as Head of the NRCC. Benjy Sarlin of NBC News writes, “Stivers is doing this as King faces at least a plausible challenge in his district. It’s his job to elect Republicans.”
King is well known for his retweets of messages that clearly support white supremacy. He also lent his support to the Toronto Mayoral campaign of Faith Goldy, a known Nationalist who marched in Charlottesville.
King recently lost campaign support from Land O’Lakes, a major donor. The dairy company said, “We take our civic responsibility seriously, want our contributions to be a positive force for good and also seek to ensure that our recipients uphold our company’s values. On that basis we have determined that our PAC will no longer support Steve King going forward.”
It is not known why the NRCC has taken this moment to finally come out against King. One reason could be the spate of White Supremacist violence of the last week. The other could be King’s troubled campaign against JD Scholten.
Polling released yesterday showed that King now leads his opponent by only one percentage point. In another blow to King, The Cook Political Report downgraded the district from Likely Republican to Leans Republican.