Be careful what you say. That lesson that is common in everyday life when one has to live with the fallout from ill-thought words is now magnified for the lawmakers in this world. Just talking about how certain words and phrases have been weaponized can cause trouble. Just ask Iowa Representative Pete King who had a conversation with a reporter on a handful of phrases and now finds himself stripped of all committee assignments.
“We will not be seating Steve King on any committees in the 116th Congress. It was a unanimous decision…” [House Minority Leader Kevin] McCarthy told reporters. “In light of the comments — these are not the first time we have heard these comments. That is not the party of Lincoln, and it is definitely not America. All people are created equal in America, and we want to take a very strong stance about that.”
Asked whether he would support a campaign challenge to King, McCarthy said that decision was up to the voters — but “I think we spoke very loud and clear that we will not tolerate this type of language in the Republican Party.”
So, what did Rep. King say? He took to Twitter to tell his side of the story.
My Statement on Kevin McCarthy’s Unprecedented Assault on my Freedom of Speech. pic.twitter.com/0R0vP6MoWT
— Steve King (@SteveKingIA) January 15, 2019
The man questioned how the language that used to be used to describe western civilization could now be offensive.
And this caused the Congressional Republicans to essentially ostracize him.
The move came just hours after Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell blasted King on Monday, calling his remarks in a newspaper interview published last week “unwelcome and unworthy of his elected position.”
“If he doesn’t understand why ‘white supremacy’ is offensive, he should find another line of work,” McConnell, R-Ky., said….
“There is no place in the Republican Party, the Congress or the country for an ideology of racial supremacy of any kind. I have no tolerance for such positions and those who espouse these views are not supporters of American ideals and freedoms,” McConnell said. “I commend Sens. Grassley, Ernst, Scott and others for their leading voices in the Senate, and Leader McCarthy for his strong stand on this matter in the House.”
Other well known Republicans chimed in to make statements blasting Rep. King.
Be careful what you say. We get it.