Thursday, 17 January, 2019

Kevin McCarthy promises ‘action’ after latest racist remarks by Steve King

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King was quoted in The New York Times last week as saying, "White nationalist, white supremacist, Western civilization - how did that language become offensive?"

Yet still, the party struggles with a negative perception on civility and fairness brought on by people who make comments like King, or the people in the Republican Party who remain silent instead of ridiculing comments like King's.

"That language has no place in America", McCarthy said on CBS's Face the Nation. "And it's most definitely not the party of Lincoln", McCarthy said.

King said it was a "mistake" to use phrasing that "created an unnecessary controversy" and he denied being racist.

"Actions will be taken", he said. "I'm having a serious conversation with Congressman Steve King about his future and role in this Republican Party", McCarthy said.

McCarthy did not elaborate on what action he plans on taking after his meeting with King. President Donald Trump was roundly criticized - including by Scott and other Republicans - for his failure to condemn white supremacists following a violent 2017 rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, that left one counter-protester dead.

"We were very quick to reject those comments" he said on ABC's This Week. King asked. "Why did I sit in classes teaching me about the merits of our history and our civilization?"

"I didn't know who all of these groups were and I detest any kind of hate group", he told the Times-Picayune newspaper then.

King serves on the Agriculture, Small Business and Judiciary committees, and chairs Judiciary's subcommittee on the Constitution and Civil Justice.

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. We are a great nation and this divisiveness is hurting everyone.

On Friday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., suggested the chamber will take some punitive action against King.

"These are just a sliver of the havoc that white nationalists and white supremacists have strewn across our nation for hundreds of years", he added.

He later said he is "simply a nationalist" and condemned "anyone that supports this evil and bigoted ideology" of white nationalism and white supremacy.

Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds indicated Wednesday that she won't support King in the 2020 GOP primary.