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Dem pushes censure for Rep. King over white supremacy remark

Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, a member of the House Judiciary Committee, arrives for a closed-door interview with Peter Strzok, the FBI agent facing criticism following a series of anti-Trump text messages, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, June 27, 2018. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

A senior member of the Congressional Black Caucus is pushing formal punishment for Rep. Steve King over his comments about white supremacy.

Posted: Jan 14, 2019 2:40 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) — A senior member of the Congressional Black Caucus is pushing formal punishment for Rep. Steve King over his comments about white supremacy.

Illinois Democratic Rep. Bobby Rush said Monday that he'll introduce a censure resolution over the Iowa Republican's remarks to the New York Times. The paper quoted King as asking how the terms "white supremacy" and "white nationalism" became offensive.

The censure resolution calls for Congress to send the message that it rejects "repugnant and racist behavior." Rush also called on Republicans to strip King of his committee memberships.

Republicans denounced King's remarks. House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy said "action" will be taken to punish the lawmaker.

King says he is an advocate for "Western civilization" but denies that he is a racist. He is serving his ninth term.

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