Congresswoman Liz Cheney (R-Wy.) isn’t backing down from her calls for Congressman Steve King (R-Iowa) to resign.
King became the center of controversy after he told the New York Times that he didn’t understand when “white supremacist” became offensive. This was maybe the most blatant of a long line of racially charged statements King has made.
As IJR reported earlier, the Republican leadership team pulled King’s committee assignments and greatly reduced his power in the House, stopping just shy of censuring him or removing him from office.
Despite the decision not to remove King from office, Cheney still called on him to resign. This didn’t please King, who claimed that she orchestrated his loss of committee membership.
“You can’t put her the category of ever being called a conservative again — she called for my resignation,” King said in an interview on the Ed Martin Movement. “She’s been here for two years. And, you know, what would give her the moral authority or the intellectual judgment to do something like that?”
Cheney didn’t back down from King. During an interview on “Meet the Press,” the congresswoman explained to host Chuck Todd that she didn’t really care what King thought.
WATCH: Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) attacks Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) over her conservative credentials. #MTP@Liz_Cheney tells @chucktodd: King’s “comments were abhorrent, they were racist… I think he ought to go find another line of work." pic.twitter.com/0OOZXekEa9
— Meet the Press (@MeetThePress) January 20, 2019
“I think I was pretty clear, and our entire House leadership was pretty clear last week. His comments were abhorrent. They were racist. We, under the guidance of [Minority Leader Kevin] McCarthy (R-Calif.), stripped him of his committee assignments and I think there’s simply no place for that language in any of our national discourse.”
Cheney didn’t say if she would fully support a censure of King or a forced effort to remove him from office, but she did say she still wants him to resign.
“As I said last week, I think he ought to go find another line of work,” Cheney said.