Trump Didn’t Allow Iowa Congressman Who Made Racist Remarks to Fly to State on Air Force One

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President Donald Trump made it clear he has no room for Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) in his political party — or at least on Air Force One.

The president was joined by several members of the Iowa delegation on Air Force One for his rally in Iowa on Tuesday, but King was not aboard the flight, according to a report from CNN.

King has largely been exiled from the Republican Party for making racist comments during an interview with the New York Times.

“White nationalist, white supremacist, Western civilization — how did that language become offensive?” the congressman told the Times in an article published in January.

That comment became the straw that broke the back for the Republican Party on King — who has many more ties to racism than just that comment. Shortly after the comment was made, Republican leadership, including House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), House Minority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.), and House Republican Caucus Chair Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.), all condemned King and stripped him of his committee assignments, essentially leaving him powerless in the House.

Several Republicans have asked for him to resign, but King has refused.

Although King largely faded from the headlines after being stripped of his power in the House, that doesn’t mean Republicans have forgotten about his unapologetic comments.

Trump reaffirmed that Tuesday when he barred him from flying to and from Iowa with the rest of the delegation aboard Air Force One.

According to CNN, King asked to join the delegation, but White House officials made it clear he wasn’t welcome on the flight.

While it is clear that the Republican Party wants nothing to do with King, it looks like he still hasn’t gotten the message. Beyond his resignation refusal, he has already announced he will run for re-election in 2020.

It might not be an easy race for King, however. His primary opponent already outpaces him in fundraising, and King’s team has been spending more than it brings in.

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Dave Hardesty
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But but but isn’t Trump a racist like all the liberals indicate? Guess he’s not. Never thought he was. I have no room for racists no matter what their gender race, political party of choice or region. If you have the disease of racism where you choose someone’s social worth based on the color of skin or the above listed things I have listed I absolutely have no use for you as a human being and will treat you worse than any wild crazy animal. No I won’t kill you but I will not help you or associate with you… Read more »

Paul
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Having grown up in Iowa (lo, these many years ago), I cringe at the racism of Steve King. For me, he is an embarrassment to the state. What makes me cringe even more is the hearts of those that continually re-elect him. What makes me stop and think is the question if President Trump, an avowed racist, had to be talked into this action against King. Surely he felt the competition.

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Kilr

I can empathize with King. I love my country and believe that it should come before others…I am, therefore; a NATIONALIST. I also happen to be WHITE…that makes me a WHITE NATIONALIST. I am a Navy vet, who has no truck with racist groups such as the KKK or Aryan Nation. I believe that all men are created EQUAL…I also believe that once born, all bets are off. A person is on his own to make of himself/herself the most and best they can be. If someone else is better it is probably because they have a better education, or… Read more »

JoeM
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JoeM

When you can clean your own house then it proves that you are capable to clean out the mess this country is in.

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There is no lace for this stupid man King in the government

James T Metcalf
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James T Metcalf

Drain the swamp!!

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