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Steve King's proof he's not racist? Diamond and Silk.

Dana Milbank on

WASHINGTON -- It has been five months since Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, lost his committee assignments over his support for white supremacy, and on Wednesday he took a step toward rehabilitation.

He gave a news conference on the Capitol grounds -- with two real, live, actual black people!

Not African Americans, mind you. "You ain't gotta call me African American 'cause I ain't never been to Africa," explained Lynnette Hardaway. "You can call me black."

Hardaway and her sister, Rochelle Richardson, form the "Diamond and Silk" YouTube sensation, a duo whose outrageous conservative commentary has won them frequent airtime on Fox News and promotion from President Trump.

King had recruited Diamond and Silk ostensibly to help launch a new piece of legislation, the so-called Diamond and Silk Act -- designed to shift funds from sanctuary cities to homeless veterans -- but really King needed them to inoculate him from the whole racism thing.

"You've been stripped of your committee assignments. What makes you think Republican colleagues will even entertain this?" asked the first questioner.

 

Before King could speak, Diamond broke in. "Can I answer this?"

"Sure," a delighted King replied.

She launched into an angry diatribe about members of Congress living in mansions, concluding: "So this ain't about no Steve King. This is about our homeless, our veterans and Americans."

King had nothing to add. "I think they've answered it adequately."

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