The lone vote against a House of Representatives resolution that denounced white supremacy said the resolution is aimed at an “unrepentant” GOP lawmaker who “wrote the president’s playbook” on how to be a racist while in government.
Rep. Bobby Rush, an Illinois Democrat, criticized the resolution on Tuesday for not going far enough in rebuking Iowa’s GOP Rep. Steve King for his most recent defense of white supremacy. He instead wanted to formally censure King, Rush told CNN‘s Erin Burnett.
King has a history of making racist comments. In his most recent controversial statement, he defended white nationalism.
“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?” he asked the New York Times in an interview published on Jan.10.
In response to growing pressure to finally reprimand King, GOP House leaders—after years of looking the other way—removed the Iowa Republican from the Judiciary and Agriculture Committees on Monday night.
On Tuesday, Republicans joined Democrats in a nearly unanimous vote, 424 – 1, that rejected white nationalism and white supremacy as “hateful expressions of intolerance that are contradictory to the values that define the people of the United States.”
The carefully worded resolution, however, didn’t specifically name King, who ironically voted in favor of the measure.
Rush said the resolution was “not worth the paper that it was written on,” in part because King is “unrepentant” and “racist” with a “legacy and a history of saying the most vile things condemning Americans.”
The Illinois Democrat added that President Donald Trump is “in concert” with King, who uses Congress “as a platform” to promote bigotry.
In fact, King “wrote the president’s playbook in regards to how a racist should really conduct himself,” Rush added.
Over the years, King has made it clear that he supports a white supremacist vision of America.
The panelists were discussing events taking place on the first day of the Republican convention. Esquire’s Charles Pierce commented on the lack of racial and ethnic diversity among the party’s delegation, which was dominated by “old white people.”
King countered: “This old white people business does get a little tired, Charlie. I’d ask you to go back through history and figure out, where are these contributions that have been made by these other categories of people that you’re talking about, where did any other subgroup of people contribute more to civilization?”
Meanwhile, Iowa’s largest newspaper, the Des Moines Register, called on Tuesday for King to resign for the good of the state.