Rep. Tim Ryan wants the House to censure ultra-conservative Republican Congressman Steve King of Iowa for asking why words such as "white supremacist" become "offensive."

Ryan, D-Niles, introduced a resolution to condemn and censure King, who has often irritated colleagues with his sharp denunciation of immigration.

In an interview with the New York Times this month, King was quoted as saying, "White nationalist, white supremacist, Western civilization — how did that language become offensive? Why did I sit in classes teaching me about the merits of our history and our civilization?"

In a statement, Ryan said "the dangerous ideology of white supremacy has no place in America—let alone Congress. It doesn’t matter if you’re a Democrat or Republican, we all have a responsibility to call out Representative King’s hateful and racist comments. And this isn’t the first time he has made headlines for his inappropriate language. It’s far past time that Congress holds him accountable."

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