Published: Tue, January 15, 2019
Worldwide | By Angelina Lucas

House GOP leader: ‘Action will be taken’ after King’s white supremacy comment

House GOP leader: ‘Action will be taken’ after King’s white supremacy comment

The resolution however is not as severe as a censure resolution that other Democrats - like Rep. Tim Ryan of OH and Bobby Rush of IL - are proposing.

"Rep King's statements are unwelcome and unworthy of his elected position".

Republican Senator Tim Scott of SC slammed GOP "silence" about comments such as King's in a Washington Post opinion piece on Friday, which Scalise recommended that King read.

Clyburn's motion does not censure King, as some Democrats - including Tim Ryan of OH and Bobby Rush of IL - have called for.

President Donald Trump said Monday morning that he had not been following the controversy surrounding Iowa Representative Steve King's comments about white supremacy, declining to condemn the Republican congressman's assertion that white nationalism and white supremacy should not be offensive. The House member said he shouldn't be labelled a white nationalist and said he regretted "the heartburn that has poured forth upon this Congress and this country and especially in my state and in my congressional district". Steve King for comments he has made that they view as racist, according to Majority Whip James E. Clyburn. "I'm having a serious conversation with Congressman Steve King on his future and role in this Republican Party", he said.

'We will not tolerate this type of language in the Republican party or in the Democratic party, ' McCarthy said.

McConnell is the highest-ranking Republican to criticize King, who lamented last week that white supremacy and white nationalism have become offensive terms.

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In an op-ed for The Washington Post published on Friday, Scott wrote that the GOP often struggles with "civility and fairness", and pointed to King's latest comments in which he asked when the terms "white nationalist" and "white supremacist" became offensive. The leader told the press that at the very least, however, the House Republican Steering Committee agreed to bar King from all House committees in the 116th Congress.

"I've called him a racist before. Why did I sit in classes teaching me about the merits of our history and our civilization?"

"It's nearly like his Republican colleagues are just finally getting the translation and realizing what those who have covered him the last 15-20 years have known all along", Burns said. King has represented western Iowa in Congress since 2003.

Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, a member of the House Judiciary Committee, is under fire again for making controversial remarks. The Congressional Black Caucus, a group of lawmakers now composed entirely of Democrats, has called for King to be stripped of his committee assignments.

"It doesn't matter if you're a Democrat or Republican, we all have a responsibility to call out Rep. King's hateful and racist comments", Ryan said.

"I don't see Democrats condemning Democrats on their side who are doing this kind of thing and using this kind of language", he said, without offering a specific example.

King has already drawn a primary challenger for the 2020 election: Randy Feenstra, a GOP state senator.

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