World January 16, 2019 | 8:45 am

Rep. Espaillat calls on colleague to resign from Congress

A. Espaillat

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 racist 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,” Espaillat said.

“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.”

He added that he’s calling on Rep. King to officially resign and step down from Congress, “and I was proud to vote in support of today’s resolution condemning white nationalism and white supremacy.”