Rep. Steve King has no intentions of resigning and blasted Republican leaders who have condemned him for allegedly making remarks about white supremacy.
Speaking with conservative radio host Ed Martin on his show Tuesday, the nine-term Iowa Republican defended himself and torched GOP leadership which removed him from his positions on the House Judiciary, Agriculture and Small Business committees.
“McCarthy decided he’s going to believe The New York Times over Steve King, and that’s a fact,” King said, referring to House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy who vowed to take action against the congressman and oversaw King’s removal his committee posts.
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) January 13, 2019
King has maintained that his comments in an interview with The New York Times last week were taken out of context and took to the House floor to defend himself following the meltdown and calls from his own party to censure him.
“White nationalist, white supremacist, Western civilization — how did that language become offensive?” he reportedly asked in the New York Times interview.
In an almost unanimous vote, the House passed a resolution Tuesday condemning white nationalism and white supremacy while Ohio Rep. Tim Ryan and Bobby Rush of Illinois – both Democrats – introduced resolutions to censure King for the comments, The Hill reported.
In his interview with Martin, King blasted House GOP Conference Chairwoman Liz Cheney who had remarked that the congressman should “find another line of work.”
“And I will tell you, if there’s support out there for Liz Cheney after this, you can’t ever put her in the category of being a conservative again. She called for my resignation. She’s been here two years. What would give her the moral authority or the intellectual judgement to do something like that?” he said.
King released a statement in response to McCarthy’s decision, calling it one that chooses to “ignore the truth.”
My Statement on Kevin McCarthy’s Unprecedented Assault on my Freedom of Speech. pic.twitter.com/0R0vP6MoWT
— Steve King (@SteveKingIA) January 15, 2019
“I will continue to point out the truth and work with all the vigor that I have to represent 4th District Iowans for at least the next two years,” King wrote.
As for the initial comments that sparked the firestorm, King told Martin he is “at peace” with what he said, knowing the remark has been misconstrued by his critics.
“I am at peace with my soul with this and I am confident that what I have done has been true and right and just and honest,” he said. “I’m very comfortable standing before God and answering for all of this.”
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