King taken out of House chamber after heckling

Protesters attempt to remove Rep. Steve King (R-IA) from the House floor after he made statements critical of immigrants. A police officer grabs King’s arm and forcibly stops the protest. (Photo: John Bazemore/AP)

Rep. Steve King (R-IA) was moved to the back of the House chamber by Capitol police after heckling Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) during a speech. (Photo: Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

Rep. Steve King (R-IA) was moved to the back of the House chamber by Capitol police after heckling Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) during a speech. (Photo: Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

Democrats, including Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), chanted “shame” at Steve King (R-IA) during a heated debate in the House on Monday night. King — a vocal advocate of states’ rights and tough immigration measures — was a featured speaker in the GOP’s weekly address.

The Huffington Post obtained video of the confrontation, which began as Republicans attempted to make their point about Sen. Pat Roberts’ (R-KS) impasse with environmental regulators.

“So let’s get this straight — you want to rule America the way the world rules the rest of the world,” Ocasio-Cortez said as Republicans tried to stall the questioning.

Ocasio-Cortez continued: “We are a nation of laws. It’s time for you to stop trying to trample that rule of law and its enforcement. We aren’t foreigners from another planet. We are some of the reddest district in America.”

Ocasio-Cortez and many Democrats viewed King’s comments as racist because of his past association with white nationalist groups.

King then began to address Ocasio-Cortez, at which point some protesters yelling “shame” attempted to remove King from the chamber. King was ushered out, but remained on the House floor.

House Democratic Caucus Chairman Joe Crowley (D-NY) joined Ocasio-Cortez and others in trying to escort King out of the chamber. Crowley, however, was quickly removed by House Sergeant-at-Arms Paul Irving from the House floor. He was escorted out as King ignored the protesters.

“I can’t stand here any longer listening to Steve King of Iowa, my home state, try to talk about what we should do with the immigration system and not take immigration into consideration in our own immigration system,” Ocasio-Cortez said after King was removed.

King responded: “I am willing to work with anyone, Democrat or Republican, to change a broken immigration system but not the bill of rights. We’re not going to a Muslim ban. We’re not going to a caravan.”

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) said afterward that House Republicans appear to be, “animated by a desire to attack Democrats.”

King added: “They seem more animated by wanting to attack me, and why, than they do to actually listen to what I’ve said.”

King said the protest was, “liberal greed.”

Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-CA) said King was not heckled by Democrats.

“Steve King’s remarks were, in the context of what he’s said all these years, were the coming truth about what Sen. Schumer wants to do to immigration,” Hunter said after his colleagues left the chamber.

Rep. Sean Duffy (R-WI) said King had merely articulated, “their policy.”

“We can’t just run our mouths to get re-elected, ‘Nancy, Nancy. Act like we care and everyone’s happy,'” Duffy said.

One of King’s former supporters, John Prueher, wrote on Twitter that the outcry against King was a “disgrace.”

CNN’s Tanika Ray contributed to this report.

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