Rep. Adriano Espaillat Votes to Condemn Racism and Calls for Rep. Steve King to Resign from Congress

January 15, 2019
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Representative Adriano Espaillat (NY-13) released the following statement calling for Rep. Steve King of Iowa to resign and step down from Congress following racists comments and white nationalist statements.

“Rep. Steve King has a long and consistent track record of racist, anti-Semitic, homophobic, and white nationalist statements and a well-documented history of insults toward immigrants, African Americans, Latinos, women, and the LGBTQ community,” said Rep. Adriano Espaillat (NY-13). “His comments are a slap in the face to our work in Congress championing equality and inclusion for all Americans, and it’s long past time for him to face real consequences as white nationalism, hate, and bigotry have no place in our society.

“There’s a saying in Spanish, Dime con quién andas y te diré quién eres – Tell me with whom you walk and I will tell you who you are. You cannot defend the indefensible and Rep. King has shown his true nature and it’s time for him to go. I'm calling on Rep. King to officially resign and step down from Congress, and I was proud to vote in support of today’s resolution, H.Res.41, condemning white nationalism and white supremacy.” 


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First elected to Congress in 2016, Rep. Adriano Espaillat is serving his second term in Congress where he serves as a member of the influential U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee, the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, and the House Select Committee on Small Business.  He is a member of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) and serves in a leadership role as CHC Whip. He is also chairman of the CHC Task Force for Transportation, Infrastructure and Housing.  Rep. Espaillat’s Congressional District includes Harlem, East Harlem, northern Manhattan and the north-west Bronx. To find out more about Rep. Espaillat, visit online at

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