WASHINGTON (Gray DC) — Congressman Jim Clyburn (D-SC) said, "I am asking the good people of this Congress to break their silence. We cannot continue to allow these expressions to go unchallenged. Steven King is a fault we need to repair."
This comes hours after House Republicans pulled King off committees because of King's comments about white supremacy.
Iowa Congressman Dave Loesbsack (D-IA) told our Washington bureau's David Ade it's time for King to leave Congress. "I am sending a letter to Congressman King requesting that he resign."
Loebsack also said, "While I have had my disagreements with him in the past, it has gone beyond that. Again, I think it goes to the heart of whether he can effectively represent the people in his district, and I don't think he can do that any longer."
Last week, King was quoted in a New York Times article saying, "White nationalist, white supremacist, Western civilization — how did that language become offensive?"
Members from his own party called those comments racist.
King tried to clarify he doesn't support white supremacy during a House floor speech, but it wasn't enough to stop House Republican leadership from blocking his committee assignments.
Monday evening, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) said, "As leader of this party, I want to make sure we made it swift and we did something very quickly and to send a clear message about that."
Also Monday, King said in a statement that McCarthy's decision ignores the truth and King says his words were taken out of context.
The congressman said he'd continue to represent Iowans in his district for a least the next two years.
We asked King's office for an interview Tuesday, but we weren't given a response.
Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA) said in a statement, "I'm not surprised House Republicans took this step. It's happened in the past to representatives who brought dishonor to the chamber. I respect their decision. I strongly disagree with any comment supporting white supremacy. It's offensive and it's not a view I hold."
Senator Joni Ernst (R-IA) said in a statement, "I strongly rebuked Steve King's comments: they were racist and offensive. Our state deserves strong representation and leadership,"