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House GOP leader to meet with King over race remarks

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Jeannette Daniel | 14 January, 2019, 06:57

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) promised Sunday that action would be taken against Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa), who ignited controversy last week after he questioned why terms like "white nationalism" and "white supremacy" had "become offensive".

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

Following swift backlash over his remarks, King issued a statement calling himself a "nationalist" who supports "western civilization's values".

The long-serving representative claimed, additionally, that he is not a racist. The Congressional Black Caucus, a group of lawmakers now composed entirely of Democrats, has called for King to be stripped of his committee assignments.

The Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), when asked by reporters whether Democrats would censure King, stated, "we'll be acting on that", without elaboration. And I will tell you this: I've watched on the other side that they do not take action when their members say something like this.

Senator Tim Scott, a Republican representing SC, penned a thoughtful piece in The Washington Post on how some fellow Republicans like Steve King are damaging the party by spewing thoughts that lack basic fairness and civility yet wonder why the party is considered to be racist.

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McCarthy on Sunday became the first Republican leader to suggest King will face any repercussions for his comments to the Times.

Other Republicans have also condemned King's statements.

"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 has any role with us", McCarthy added. "That is not the America that I know". I think all of us ought to be united, regardless of party, in saying, white supremacism, white nationalism, is hatred.

King serves on the Agriculture, Small Business and Judiciary committees, and chairs Judiciary's subcommittee on the Constitution and Civil Justice. Randy Feenstra announced he will challenge King in the Republican primary.

"What Steve King said was stupid", he said.

"Some in our party wonder why Republicans are constantly accused of racism - it is because of our silence when things like this are said", the senator wrote. "It was hurtful. It was wrong".

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