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Democrats move to censure GOP Rep. Steve King for 'rabid' and 'abhorrent' racist remarks

Three Democratic congressmen are moving to censure Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa.) for remarks that sparked widespread outrage.

King came under fire last week for asking in an interview with The New York Times why "white supremacist" and "white nationalist" are considered "offensive" terms. King had previously promoted white nationalists on Twitter and once said that "we can't restore our civilization with somebody else's babies."

On Monday, Rep. Bobby Rush (D-Ill.) said he will introduce a resolution to censure King for his "rabid, racist remarks," saying that he "has become too comfortable with proudly insulting, disrespecting, and denigrating people of color" and that "as with any animal that is rabid, Steve King should be set aside and isolated."

Rep. Tim Ryan (D-Ohio) soon followed with his own resolution to censure King, saying that the Republican's comments "are abhorrent to the founding principles of our Nation." Finally, House Majority Whip James Clyburn (D-S.C.) also said he will introduce his own resolution to censure King, reports The Washington Post.

In addition to Democrats, King has also received pushback from fellow members of his party including Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.), who called what King said "abhorrent and racist." House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) also called King out and promised that "action will be taken." House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) hasn't formally backed censuring King yet but says that "needless to say, there is interest in doing something.”