Why Republicans are rebuking Rep. Steve King now After a long history of controversial statements by Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, House Republicans stripped the 16-year congressman of his committee membership ...
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"I had to let the blood cool," King said in a rare interview Tuesday. "And the blood has now cooled, and now they don’t want to be faced with the reality of what they’ve done."
Rep. Ralph Norman (R-S.C.) briefly stood up during a Republican conference meeting on Tuesday morning to urge his colleagues to reinstate King on the House Agriculture and Judiciary committees. But not a single lawmaker clapped, cheered or remarked on the request, according to several sources in the room, and lawmakers quickly moved on to the next issue.
GOP leaders, meanwhile, have made crystal clear that they have no intention of reassigning King to his committees after he defended white supremacy and white nationalism during an interview with The New York Times earlier this year.