Republican House leaders removed Rep. Steve King from two committees after the New York Times reported that in an interview King asked, “White nationalist, white supremacist, Western civilization — how did that language become offensive?” Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (AOC) commented that free speech has consequences. Does asking such a question deserve that punishment, especially considering that King voted for the resolution to condemn white nationalism and white supremacy? Is this a new form of McCarthyism? I do not agree with Steve King’s views on immigration and these issues, but I believe he has a right to express unpopular opinions that are neither dishonest nor inciting violence.
AOC has criticized Democratic leaders for appointing members who have taken money from fossil fuel companies to a committee related to the Green New Deal. I agree with her criticism because she is not condemning their speech but their corruption. I believe Democratic leaders should remove those members from that committee.