‘Action Will Be Taken’: McCarthy Promises Repercussions For Steve King’s Remarks

‘Action Will Be Taken’: McCarthy Promises Repercussions For Steve King’s Remarks

Tim Scott ripped into fellow Republicans this week over their silence on racist remarks by Republican Iowa Rep. Steve King, who was criticized for embracing white nationalism in a recent New York Times interview.

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

It looks as though Scott's words were heard by Republican leadership in the House because both McCarthy and Minority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) made it clear that King's words will not go without a response. "Under any fair political definition, I am simply a Nationalist".

In an interview with the New York Times published January 10, King is quoted as saying "White nationalist, white supremacist, Western civilization - how did that language become offensive?"

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.

King also told CNN he had no concerns about whether or not the National Republican Congressional Committee would endorse him.

Steve Scalise, the No2 Republican in the House, also condemned King on Sunday. "Instead, they must actually condemn Mr. King by removing him from his committee assignments so that he can no longer affect policies that impact the very people he has made it clear he disdains". "Why did I sit in classes teaching me about the merits of our history and our civilization?"

"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. We are a great nation and this divisiveness is hurting everyone. "We can not continue down this path if we want to continue to be a great nation", she wrote Saturday morning.

Bass, in her statement, compared King with President Donald Trump. King asked the reporter rhetorically. Further, I condemn anyone that supports this evil and bigoted ideology which saw, in its ultimate expression, the systematic murder of six million innocent Jewish lives.

In November's election, King narrowly defeated his Democratic challenger, Democrat J.D. Scholten, by 3 percentage points. State Sen. Randy Feenstra, R-Hull, announced this week he'd seek the Republican nomination, facing the nine-term King.