House of Representatives condems reps’ white supremacy comments

Clyburn Reacts to Rep King

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - The House of Representatives formally condemning comments made by Iowa Representative Steve King Tuesday.

This comes after a democratic measure disapproving of those comments he made about white supremacy to the New York Times.

The sponsor of that resolution is one of South Carolina’s Representatives, Majority Whip Jim Clyburn. Clyburn says white supremacy is an evil that cannot be ignored.

"Well this is a resolution of disapproval asking the members of the house on both sides all members to support this resolution of disapproval of what Mr. King had to say,” Clyburn said to WMBF News on Tuesday.

In an article published in the New York Times January 10, King reportedly said, quote “White nationalist, white supremacist, Western civilization — how did that language become offensive?”

Monday night, Republican party leaders removed him from all the committees he serves on, and some GOP leaders are calling on him to resign.

"This is about the tale of two kings, one king who didn’t seem to understand the evil that exists in white supremacy and white nationalism,” he said.

This comes at a time when white supremacy is making national and local headlines. Recently, we’ve seen propaganda here in Myrtle Beach and even in the WMBF News parking lot. A white supremacy group posted flyers on our light posts at our station and other areas throughout the city. WMBF News chose not to do a full report on this or give away the groups full name, as we didn’t want to give them the press they’re looking for.

"We cannot continue to allow these expressions to go unchallenged because these are the things that were the road of democracy,” said Clyburn.

Tuesday, The House of Representatives formally condemning Kings comments, lawmakers voted 424 to one to reject his remarks.

"I compliment the gentleman from South Carolina for bringing this resolution and I carefully studied every word in this and even though I would use stronger language I agree with the language in it,” said Steve King.

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