House GOP leader vows action against King over race remarks

Lester Mason
January 14, 2019

"White nationalist, white supremacist, western civilization - how did that language become offensive?" he said.

The top House Republican says he and Rep. Steve King will discuss King's future in the party following the Iowa congressman's remarks in defense of white supremacy.

Scott, the GOP's sole Black senator, rattled off examples of white nationalist terror that have rocked the country in recent years: the Kentucky man who fatally shot two African-Americans in a Kroger parking lot, the deadly "Unite the Right" rally in Charlottesville, Va., and the shooting massacre at a historic Black church in Scott's hometown of Charleston. "That is not the America I know, and it's most definitely not the party of Lincoln", House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy of California told "Face the Nation", saying he has a meeting with King scheduled for Monday.

"That language has no place in America", McCarthy said. For example, Scott mentioned that over the past two years, "Republicans have focused on spreading opportunity, and it has paid dividends: From the creation of opportunity zones in some of our nation's most distressed communities to incredible job-creation statistics and low unemployment rates, there's no doubt that the future is brightening for many Americans".

"Should there be action against Congressman King?"

"Action will be taken", McCarthy said. King asked. "Why did I sit in classes teaching me about the merits of our history and our civilization?" "I condemn Rep. Steve King's comments on white supremacy; they are offensive and racist-and not representative of our state of Iowa", she tweeted, alongside a Washington Post op-ed by Tim Scott titled "Why are Republicans accused of racism?" "I will not stand back as a leader of this party, believing in this nation, that all are created equal, that that stands or continues to stand and have any role with us".

King has been assigned to agriculture, small business and judiciary committees, according to his House website. And while his bigoted rhetoric was called out by several media outlets, including HuffPost, in the run-up to the midterm election in November, King was re-elected to the House for a ninth term.

"What Steve King said was stupid", he said. "It was stupid, it was hurtful, it was wrong and he needs to stop it", Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, said Sunday.

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