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Not On My Watch: Congressman Luis Gutierrez Blasts Steve King For Racist Comments

In a strongly worded and impassioned speech in front of Congress, Latino Congressional Representative Luis V. Gutierrez (D-IL) reprimanded congressman Steve King (R-Iowa) for making several racist comments this past week.

But he didn’t stop there: he took other Republicans to task for normalizing the Iowa congressman’s racism.

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On Thursday morning, Rep. Gutierrez delivered some of the most scathing political sarcasm heard in a long time when he spoke of Rep. King’s tweets supporting Geert Wilders, a Prime Ministerial candidate from the Netherlands:

“My staff is smart enough to keep the launch codes secret from me so that when I say something, we find the right words to express what I want to say, and occasionally, very occasionally, I have a chance to cool down before I fire off a tweet. But this week we learned that one of our colleagues doesn’t have a reasonable staff person who helps him think through his tweets.”

#BURN

Btw, Wilders placed second in Netherlands’ election for Prime Minister.

Here is one of Wilders’ tweets:

Rep. Gutierrez called Wilders an “anti-Muslim nationalist candidate in Holland who is running on an explicitly White supremacist platform, anti-immigration, anti-Islam, anti-refugee, anti-people of color, this candidate is the full White nationalist package.”

Also if “Geert Wilders” doesn’t sound like a villain’s name, I don’t know what does.

The tweet in question shows Steve King pledging outright support for Wilders’ ideas:

“Our civilization.” Hm, dique.

Gutierrez focused on those who won’t speak up against the normalization of racism.

Gutierrez called out other Republicans for their silence on the matter, which he believes helps normalize hateful rhetoric.

Gutierrez went on to air out more dirty laundry:

He stated that Rep. King was being supported by Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke, who retweeted King’s comments. Rep. Gutierrez continued, discussing an interview with Jan Mickelson on 1040 WHO where King predicted that “Hispanics and the blacks will be fighting each other” before causing White people to become minorities in this country.

He ends powerfully by addressing those who have yet to speak out against Rep. Steve King’s tweets and comments:

“Saying that black and brown people will be fighting each other and saying that non-white people are somehow someone else’s babies and children, and are not our children, the children of a nation that believes all men are created equal, well that is not normal. And the American people will not accept the silence of the majority party when one of their own speaks out in this way, I’m waiting for the censure, the denunciations and the rebukes, but I suspect I’ll be waiting a long time.”

Check the speech in its entirety:

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READ: Watch Congressman Luis Gutierrez Passionately Explain Why He’s Boycotting The Inauguration

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Congressman Steve King Of Iowa, Known For Racist Comments, Loses To Republican Challenger In Primary

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Congressman Steve King Of Iowa, Known For Racist Comments, Loses To Republican Challenger In Primary

You might remember Representative Steve King of Iowa as the person who’s campaign attacked Parkland shooting survivor Emma González. The Republican politician is officially out of Congress after losing to Iowa State Senator Randy Feenstra.

Iowa Senator Randy Feenstra defeated Representative Steve King in the Republican primary in Iowa.

Sen. Feenstra defeated Rep. King by 9.7 points ending the incumbent’s career after 18 years. Rep. King will still be a member of Congress during the remainder of the election as Republican Sen. Feenstra goes against Democrat J.D. Scholten. Scholten almost defeated Rep. King in 2018.

Rep. King’s controversial and offensive attitude led to his colleagues stripping him of his committee roles.

Rep. King was shunned by the Republican Party in 2019. The Congressman asked in an interview with The New York Times, “White nationalist, white supremacist, Western civilization — how did that language become offensive?”

The language was enough to draw harsh criticism from members of his party. He was stripped of all of his committee assignments because of the comments.

Rep. King has a long history of racist comments.

In 2016, Rep. King was on tv when he asked if nonwhite groups have contributed to society. The comments were met with instant criticism from people denouncing the racist comments.

“This whole ‘old white people’ business does get a little tired, Charlie,” Rep. King said on a panel. “I’d ask you to go back through history and figure out where are these contributions that have been made by these other categories of people that you are talking about? Where did any other subgroup of people contribute more to civilization?”

People are happy to see Rep. King lose his primary race.

There has been a movement to change politicians. It was clear in the 2018 elections that Americans wanted different representation when Democrats flipped enough seats in the House of Representatives to hold a majority over the Republicans. Rep. King is the latest in controversial Republican politicians to be voted out by upset constituents.

READ: AOC Called Out Rep. Steve King For Willfully Risking Pink Eye Instead Of Admitting Migrants Deserve Better Treatment

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Here’s Why Representative Luis Gutierrez Will Not Be Seeking Re-Election To Congress

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Here’s Why Representative Luis Gutierrez Will Not Be Seeking Re-Election To Congress

Luis Gutiérrez is leaving Congress but staying in the fight for immigrant rights.

Representative Luis Gutiérrez announced Tuesday that he would not be running for re-election after serving the 4th Congressional district of Illinois for more than 20 years. Instead, Rep. Gutiérrez has promised that he will move to the private sector to build a “new, fierce framework for immigrant rights.” The Illinois politician also announced his longing to help Puerto Rico, the birthplace of his parents and wife, to rebuild.

“I love Puerto Rico and she’s in a lot of pain,” Rep. Gutiérrez said through tears. “There’s a lot of people who turned their backs on her and she needs to be rebuilt. I cannot be here in the 4th Congressional district and rebuilding the home of my mom and my dad, where my wife was born; a place that I love so much. I’m going to work really hard until she is completely rebuilt to 21st century standards.”

Rep. Gutiérrez did turn things to a lighter note when he addressed questions about his sudden departure. Rather than waiting until he was an old man on a respirator, Rep. Gutiérrez told reporters that he is happy to leave standing with his beautiful wife and daughter by his side. Gutiérrez has since endorsed Cook County Commissioner Jesús “Chuy” Garcia to succeed him. Rep. Gutiérrez is expected to finish out his term, which ends in 2019.

People are saddened by the news because his voice had been so powerful.

Rep. Gutiérrez took to the floor of the House several times over the years to address the concerns of his constituents and the Latino community. He has been a vocal proponent of just immigrant rights and has recently been the most vocal politician fighting for Puerto Rico hurricane relief.

Gutiérrez is receiving thanks and appreciation for all the work he has done during his time in office.

“Congressman Luis Gutiérrez has fought tirelessly to uphold our deepest held values and been an ardent defender of immigrants, the Puerto Rican community, and hard-working Americans across this nation,” Congressional Hispanic Caucus Chairwoman Rep. Michelle Lejan Grisham said in an email statement. “To the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, Congressman Gutiérrez’s example and enduring legacy of principled leadership will continue to guide generations of leaders. During his career, he courageously and boldly traveled to every corner of our country to give hope to all those who believed in the promise of America. It is for that reason that Congressman Gutiérrez’s impact should not be measured in words, but rather in the number of lives he’s changed for the better.”

His work has impacted the lives of so many people outside of his constituency.

He has been arrested numerous times fighting for the rights of DACA recipients and immigrant rights.

His work has made others long for more politicians like him.

Best of luck in your future endeavors, Rep. Gutiérrez. Your voice will be missed in Congress.

READ: Rep. Gutiérrez Arrested At White House Rally On DACA Anniversary

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