McCarthy Vows ‘Action’ on Steve King After Latest Race Remarks

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"It was hurtful. It was wrong. It was wrong", Cruz said on NBC's Meet the Press.

McCarthy is the latest high-profile Republican to to criticize King for suggesting in a New York Times interview on Thursday that white nationalism and white supremacism are not offensive terms.

"I will admit I am unsure who is offended by the term "Western civilization" on its own, but anyone who needs "white nationalist" or "white supremacist" defined, described and defended does lack some pretty common knowledge", Scott wrote in the The Washington Post.

Before the November election, Ohio Rep. Steve Stivers, the chairman of the House GOP's campaign arm, issued an extraordinary public denunciation of him, writing: "We must stand up against white supremacy and hate in all forms, and I strongly condemn this behavior". They have voted for boarder wall and fencing", he said, adding: "I would take the language we voted on before. "And I think we need that clarity and I'm certainly going to urge everyone to provide that clarity". King asked. "Why did I sit in classes teaching me about the merits of our history and our civilization?"

His bigoted remarks in the Times prompted intense scrutiny from leaders and lawmakers on both sides of the political aisle.

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy tells CBS' "Face the Nation" he intends to have a "serious conversation" with King on Monday.


Instead of answering directly, Scalise referred to Republicans' statements denouncing King's comments, and said "many Democrats" - he did not name them - had "aligned themselves with anti-Semites" and "called on physical violence".

Then he doubled down on CNN, telling the network, "I'd like to see an America that's just so homogeneous that we look a lot the same".

King has been assigned to agriculture, small business and judiciary committees, according to his House website.

"Anything less than these substantive actions is another tacit acceptance of racism from the Republican Party", her statement continued.

Despite his long history of making anti-Muslim comments, promoting white nationalist views and retweeting neo-Nazis, King previously faced little pushback from his fellow Republican lawmakers.

On Saturday, the Congressional Black Caucus, condemning "racist statements" by King, is calling on Republicans to remove him from committee assignments.

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