Opinion: Hate speech should always be condemned regardless of who it comes from
Controversial Republican Congressman Steve King from Iowa deservedly came under fire recently for asking why terms like “white nationalist” and “white supremacist” are offensive in an interview with the New York Times.
As soon as King’s comments became public he was quickly rebuked by many Republicans. Including by the third highest ranking Republican in the House of Representatives, Wyoming Congresswoman Liz Cheney.
I want to make it crystal clear: I despise the language that King is known for using. There is no place for it in our country’s discourse. Frankly, I am encouraged by the backlash we’re seeing against him from his own party as a result of his comments.
But this does raise the question—why haven’t Democrats similarly called out the anti-Semitism of newly-elected Palestinian American Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib?
Most recently, Tlaib said that US law makers who support Israel forget “what country they represent.” This assertion that Jewish people share some sort of “dual loyalty” is an ages old, despicable smear.
King was forced to apologize for his comments on the same day that they became public. It is shameful that Democrats haven’t held members like Tlaib who support and seemingly espouse anti-Semitism responsible in the same way.
Here’s the bottom line: Elected officials of both political parties are not necessarily responsible for the rhetoric of their coworkers. However, they are responsible for condemning hate speech no matter who it comes from.
EDITOR'S NOTE: Boris Epshteyn formerly served as a Senior Advisor to the Trump Campaign and served in the White House as Special Assistant to The President and Assistant Communications Director for Surrogate Operations.