Romney calls on Steve King to resign over racist remarks

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Sen. Mitt Romney says Iowa Republican Rep. Steve King should resign following comments he made questioning why the term “white supremacist” was offensive.

Romney told CNN on Monday that he believes it’s time for King to go.

 

“I think there’s no room for Steve King’s comments in polite company or in the Republican Party, or for that matter in Congress,” he said. “I think he ought to step aside.”

King sparked outrage last week when he said in a New York Times interview, “White nationalist, white supremacist, Western civilization – how did that language become offensive?”

King has a long history of making offensive comments about minorities and immigrants. He has also seemingly embraced far-right and neo-Nazi organizations.

House Republicans stripped King of his committee assignments on Monday night because of his comments.

Romney also weighed in on the Washington Post report that President Donald Trump has taken extraordinary steps to conceal details of his conversations with Russian President Vladimir Putin. 

“I think it’s inappropriate for the president of our country to communicate with the president of another global power without having people there who are keeping careful records to make sure what is said by both parties is followed up on,” said Romney.