(WASHINGTON, D.C., 5/14/20) — The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, is calling on all Americans to urge Congress to reject white nationalist Rep. Steve King’s (R-IA) push for committee reassignment after last year being removed for defending white supremacy in an interview with the New York Times and following years of racist and bigoted comments.
TAKE ACTION: Urge Congress White Nationalist Steve King Cannot Return to Committee Assignments
During a Monday evening Republican primary debate, King told audience members: “On April 20, Kevin McCarthy and I reached an agreement that he would advocate to the steering committee to put all of my committees back, all of my seniority” and
“When Congress comes back into session. . .I have Kevin McCarthy’s word that that will be my time for exoneration.”
However, reports in the media indicate that members of the Republican Steering Committee have not yet been briefed with some not supporting the reversal.
Last year, CAIR welcomed a move by House GOP leaders to strip Rep. King’s committee assignments over comments in support of white supremacism.
“Republican Party leaders should be considering what measures can be taken to eject Rep. King from the GOP, not conspiring to sweep his toxic brand of white supremacism under the rug and promoting him back to committee assignments,” said CAIR Director of Government Affairs Department Robert S. McCaw. “Every American now has a civic responsibility to ensure their members of Congress stop a racist like Rep. King from being able to influence legislation or hold authority during congressional hearings.”
In 2018, CAIR joined 139 other organizations in calling on then House Speaker Paul Ryan and Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy to censure King after he was caught calling Mexican immigrants “dirt” in a taped conversation with supporters.
CAIR has documented numerous other incidents of King engaging in anti-Muslim, anti-immigrant, and White supremacist rhetoric.
Last year, CAIR condemned Rep. King for joking about reports that Uyghur Muslims in Chinese concentration camps are being sterilized and force-fed pork in violation of their religious beliefs.
In 2017, CAIR called out Rep. King for tweeting in support of the Islamophobic extreme-right Dutch politician Geert Wilders, who has referred to people of Moroccan heritage in that nation as “scum,” King tweeted: “Wilders understands that culture and demographics are our destiny. We can’t restore our civilization with somebody else’s babies.”
That year, CAIR also condemned as un-American a tweet by Rep. King for stating that “diversity is not our strength” as a nation. King tweeted that claim along with a quote from Islamophobic Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban, who said, “Mixing cultures will not lead to a higher quality of life but a lower one.”
In 2015, CAIR condemned King’s bizarre claim that refugees who “do hajj to Mecca” cannot assimilate into other cultures like their Christian counterparts. The anti-Muslim remarks were made at a rally for GOP presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX).
The Washington-based Muslim civil rights organization has reported an unprecedented spike in hate incidents targeting American Muslims and members of other minority groups since the election of Donald Trump as president.
CAIR is America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, protect civil rights, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.
La misión de CAIR es proteger las libertades civiles, mejorar la comprensión del Islam, promover la justicia, y empoderar a los musulmanes en los Estados Unidos.
CONTACT: CAIR Government Affairs Department Director Robert S. McCaw, 202-742-6448, email@example.com; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, firstname.lastname@example.org; CAIR Communications Coordinator Ayan Ajeen, aAjeen@cair.com