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Reprinted with permission from AlterNet.

 

After years of spewing hateful rhetoric, Rep. Steve King (R-IA) finally took things too far even for the GOP when he asked in a New York Times interview when white supremacy became offensive.

On Monday, Republican leaders voted to strip King of his assignments on the Agriculture, Small Business, and Judiciary committees, a substantial punishment that will drastically curtail Kong’s power to shape bills. Sen. Mitt Romney (R-UT) called on him to resign, and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) said, “If he doesn’t understand why ‘white supremacy’ is offensive, he should find another line of work.” House Democrats are planning on a censure vote.

King, however, remains unbowed. In a new statement on Monday evening, he lashed out at House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) and insisted that he had not said anything racist — his statement was just parsed wrong:

The problem with King’s defense is that he can’t really get the benefit of the doubt on his racism anymore. He has called Mexican immigrants drug mules with “calves the size of cantaloupes.” He has said that “diversity is not our strength” and that he wants America’s population to be more “homogenous.” He has retweeted neo-Nazi content. He gave an interview to an Austrian far-right party founded by an SS officer during a Holocaust education trip, and espoused conspiracy theories that Jewish billionaire philanthropist George Soros is secretly funding a plot to replace white Europeans with brown-skinned Muslim immigrants.

Even King’s excuse that he was simply defending our “civilization” rings hollow, because he has consistently used that word as a euphemism for “white people.” He previously claimed that it is white people, and not other “sub-groups,” that contributed to our civilization and famously warned, “we can’t restore our civilization with somebody else’s babies.”

Republicans waited far too long to mete out any sort of consequences for the white nationalist in their midst. But now they finally are — and King has only himself to blame.

 

Michael Flynn

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Reprinted with permission from Alternet

President Donald Trump on Wednesday announced a "full pardon" for his former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, a key figure from the start of Russia investigation and the appointment of Special Counsel Robert Mueller.

Flynn had pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about his contacts with the Russian ambassador during the 2016 presidential transition. The reason for his lying was never fully explained. He also admitted to working as an unregistered foreign agent for Turkey while serving on the Trump campaign, work that included publishing a ghost-written op-ed in The Hill that argued for extraditing an American resident who is seen as an enemy of the Turkish government. After admitting to his crimes, Flynn attempted to recant and withdraw his guilty plea, an issue which had yet to be resolved by the courts.

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