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Rep. Meeks Calls on Republicans to Own Censure of Steve King

January 15, 2019
Press Release

Washington, D.C. - Today, Congressman Gregory W. Meeks made the following statement regarding Rep. Steve King:

“Today, on the birthday of Martin Luther King Jr., I impress upon my Republican colleagues his wisdom, that “the silence of good people is more dangerous than the brutality of the bad people.” It is not enough for Rep. Steve King to be stripped of his committee assignments. There is no room for his vile racism in the halls of Congress and indeed no room for his bigoted beliefs in its chamber. In that I agree with Senator Mitt Romney.

“What Republicans can and must do is take the lead in censuring Steve King, or at the very least support Democrats in doing so. In tolerating Steve King, and defending the words of the white nationalists in the White House, Republicans have shirked their responsibility to condemn and expunge white supremacy from their ranks. The GOP can no longer claim plausible deniability, and though today’s vote to condemn white nationalism was a step to rebuke his comments, nothing short of censure will suffice for Rep. Steve King.”