House Dems quietly quash severe punishment for GOP Rep. Steve King

House Dems quietly quash severe punishment for GOP Rep. Steve King
Rep. Steve King (R-IA). YouTube, Time video

[Ed. – This is over King’s epically ill-phrased remarks about “white supremacy” and “white nationalism,” for which he has come in for criticism both just and unjust. Are the Democrats actually showing awareness that their own members could be brought up on a long series of embarrassing censure motions?]

House Democratic leaders have quietly rejected a push by rank-and-file members to force a rare and potentially divisive vote on censuring Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa), according to multiple Democratic sources.

The House moved Wednesday to essentially shelve a grassroots attempt to further punish King for racist remarks that he made to the New York Times this month. If it had succeeded, King could have faced one of the most severe punishments that a lawmaker can receive.

The two House Democrats who have led the charge to censure King — Rep. Bobby Rush (D-Ill.) and Rep. Tim Ryan (D-Ohio) — ultimately agreed not to force the vote, under pressure from some Democratic leaders who feared lasting consequences from the move.

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