From the editorial board of the Des Moines Register:
Congressman Steve King should resign. He has lost even the potential to effectively represent his Iowa constituents because of his abhorrent comments about white nationalism and white supremacy.
The move by House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy to strip King of his committee assignments leaves Iowa without a seat on the vital House Agriculture Committee, as well as judiciary. It also leaves King with far less opportunity to work for his constituents on critically important rural development issues.
Not that King has seemed particularly interested in working for his district in recent years. Instead of holding town-hall meetings with his constituents, King spent many congressional breaks globe-trotting to Europe and hobnobbing with hard-right, nationalist leaders. These meetings apparently served to reinforce his own warped views of cultural purity and immigration.
Late Tuesday night, the Sioux City Journal, a Western Iowa newspaper that is located in King’s 4th Congressional District, also joined the push in calling for the nine-term incumbent to resign. The Journal editorial board wrote it was “hard for us to summon words that will properly convey how repugnant we view that remark,” in regards to King’s recent racist comment to the Times.
The Journal editorial added that there is a sense of disbelief with King’s comments given that his past history “contributed in no insignificant fashion to the narrowest re-election victory of his career.” King won reelection in November by just three percentage points.
Following the controversy around his statement, King was removed from his committee posts, including on the House Agriculture Committee. His removal marks the first time in 120 years that an Iowan hasn’t been a member of that committee.