Rep. Steve King Is Claiming That He Will Be Exonerated For Racist Remarks, McCarthy Says No
Rep. Steve King is facing a lot of political heat as he fights for reelection. King is set to battle four Republican primary adversaries next week in Iowa. If King survives that fight he will have to face his Democratic challenger, J.D. Scholten.
This is bigoted & racist. It suggests there is one tradition & one appearance that all humanity should conform to. https://t.co/dC6dIy3rXn
— John Lewis (@repjohnlewis) March 13, 2017
King is facing an uphill battle due to a recent loss of credibility among Republicans. He lost his positions on committees, as well as, his seniority. The representative from Iowa started getting into hot water by making racially charged comments. The straw that broke the camels back was a racist comment he made to the New York Times. King said, “White nationalist, white supremacist, Western civilization—how did that language become offensive?”
Steve King has also been at odds with House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy about important primary issues. Now King is claiming that McCarthy is planning to restore him to his original seniority status and committee posts. The problem is that McCarthy denies the claim. Despite McCarthy’s denial, King is using the alleged promise as a part of his campaign strategy. On May 11 King said that McCarthy promised King “exoneration.” King also said, McCarthy, promised, “to put all of my committees back with all of my seniority.”
McCarthy responded by saying of King’s racist comments, “Congressman King’s comments cannot be exonerated, and I never said that.” McCarthy did give King some hope when he said that if Congressman King manages to win reelection that committee positions would be considered for him “just like every single member.”
King then made the claim that he has a recording of McCarthy making the promise. King said, “All Kevin McCarthy really needs to do is do what he said.”
We will see what happens if King manages to keep his seat.