I guess Steve King finally went too far. As if he has not been going too far for years.
Courtesy of CNN:
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Monday sharply condemned Republican Rep. Steve King of Iowa, the highest-ranking GOP official to publicly rebuke King over comments he made to The New York Times that were sympathetic to white supremacists.
“There is no place in the Republican Party, the Congress or the country for an ideology of racial supremacy of any kind,” McConnell said in a statement released from his office. “I have no tolerance for such positions and those who espouse these views are not supporters of American ideals and freedoms. Rep. King’s statements are unwelcome and unworthy of his elected position.”
McConnell added, “If he doesn’t understand why ‘white supremacy’ is offensive, he should find another line of work.”
Whoa! Did Mitch just suggest that a fellow Republican should get the hell out of politics?
For those who missed the most recent episode of “Your racist Uncle said something racist,” here is what King said that got him into so much hot water:
In an interview with the Times in a story published last week, King asked, “White nationalist, white supremacist, Western civilization — how did that language become offensive?”
Yeah, how did all of that become so offensive?
On another topic when did rape become a bad thing?
McConnell’s condemnation follows those of fellow Republicans Mitt Romney, Sen. Tim Scott, Liz Cheney, and a few others.
Thus far Donald Trump is too busy tweeting racist things to weigh in.
Here’s the thing though.
Steve King has been saying shit like this, and much worse, for quite some time now and nobody in the GOP seemed to bat an eye.
So what’s changed?
And is there any way to make sure it stays changed?
Update: King has now been stripped of his committee assignments. (Link.)
I think it is distinctly possible he might be ejected from the House altogether.