For John, BLUF: One wonders if R Representative Steve King is just clueless, or if he was trying to have a free and open discussion with a reporter, which in and of itself is a sign of being clueless. Nothing to see here; just move along.
From the Washington Examiner, by Reporter Al Weaver, January 14, 2019.
Here is a key excerpt:
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy and House Republicans voted Monday night to strip Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, of all committee assignments after he appeared to wonder when ‘white supremacist’ and ‘white nationalist’ became offensive terms. . . . King said his remarks were misunderstood over the course of a lengthy interview with the Times. At one point King said in the interview, ‘White nationalist, white supremacist, Western civilization — how did that language become offensive? … Why did I sit in classes teaching me about the merits of our history and our civilization?’ according to the Times. But King said his use of the term ‘that language’ was only meant to refer to Western civilization and not white nationalism or white supremacy.Here is a comment from Law Professor Glenn Harlan Reynolds:
Wow, this really jacks up the pressure on the Democrats to police the racist, antisemitic statements of Reps. Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib. Just kidding.I wonder if this is curtains for Rep King or if there is a path back from Coventry?.
Hat tip to the InstaPundit.
Regards — Cliff