Representative Steve King was barred from being on any committee assignments following his blatantly racist remarks complaining that the terms “white supremacist” and “white nationalist” have become offensive. And while the entire nation, including the GOP, is condemning these words is a good thing, a quick look at Rep. King’s past remarks makes you wonder, why wasn’t anything done sooner?
His disparaging remarks started in 2002, as he slowly tested the waters to see what he could get away with. And as each comment and action went unchecked, he pushed a little further as predators do.
A quick look back at Rep. King’s comments brings to mind another politician that uses similar language on an almost a daily basis and doesn’t get checked by the GOP. President Donald Trump.
Don’t believe that the two are similar? Let’s see if you can attribute the quote to the correct speaker:
“The lives of 12 U.S. citizens would be saved who otherwise die a violent death at the hands of murderous illegal aliens each day.”
That would be Rep. King in 2006. How about this one in response to the number of American’s killed by illegal aliens since 9-11,
“Sixty-three thousand, and that number they say is very low because things aren’t reported”.
That would be President Trump in 2018. Both statistics, false. Trump’s statistic? Derived from Rep. King’s false statistic.
“For everyone who’s a valedictorian, there’s another 100 out there that weigh 130 pounds and they’ve got calves the size of cantaloupes because they’re hauling 75 pounds of marijuana across the desert.”
That one is Rep. King in 2013. To list every infraction of Rep. King over the years would be an impossibly enormous endeavor. But it wasn’t until his last screw up that the GOP finally decided to act.
This kind of behavior and attitude has no place in the 21st century, let alone from an elected official. It’s disheartening for Americans’ to hear these words being spoken without reproach.
Hopefully the barring of Rep. King from committees is indicative of change to come. But if Donald Trump is an indicator, we won’t be pleasantly surprised by having this scourge removed from our political system any time soon.