House Democrats Move To Censure Rep. Steve King

The Week reports:

On Monday, Rep. Bobby Rush (D-Ill.) said he will introduce a resolution to censure King for his “rabid, racist remarks,” saying that he “has become too comfortable with proudly insulting, disrespecting, and denigrating people of color” and that “as with any animal that is rabid, Steve King should be set aside and isolated.”

Rep. Tim Ryan (D-Ohio) soon followed with his own resolution to censure King, saying that the Republican’s comments “are abhorrent to the founding principles of our Nation.” Finally, House Majority Whip James Clyburn (D-S.C.) also said he will introduce his own resolution to censure King, reports The Washington Post.

Politico reports:

A censure motion would be a severe rebuke and one that is used in the House only in the most extreme cases. The House has not voted to formally censure a member since 2010, when former Rep. Charles Rangel was found guilty of multiple ethics violations.

King is also set to meet Monday afternoon with House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) for the first time since his comments to The New York Times, a GOP leadership aide confirmed.

McCarthy told CBS’s “Face the Nation” on Sunday that “action would be taken” though he has not said how King will be formally reprimanded for his remarks. “That language has no place in America — that is not the America I know, and it’s most definitely not the party of Lincoln,” McCarthy said Sunday.