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


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.

"Action will be taken", McCarthy told CBS's "Face The Nation" on Sunday.

3 Republican, said King's remarks were "abhorrent and racist and should have no place in our national discourse". "Under any fair political definition, I am simply a Nationalist".

He drew attention to comments made by King on Thursday, when the Iowan wondered aloud: "White nationalist, white supremacist, Western civilization - how did that language become offensive?"

Backlash was instantaneous and severe, as lawmakers from both sides of the fence joined together in condemning King's racist allusion.

King, who has been frequently criticized for comments he has made regarding race and immigration, was under fire for comments he made that appeared to defend white nationalism.

The long-serving representative claimed, additionally, that he is not a racist.

Following his on-camera interview, McCarthy told host Margaret Brennan that he is reviewing whether King will keep his congressional committee assignments, CBS reported.

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Still, when asked whether he would support King in the future, Cruz said only he would "urge everyone to stand for principles that matter".

"He likes to create a personal relationship, build the relationship and rebuild the relationship with other world leaders", McCarthy said. "I'm having a serious conversation with Congressman Steve King".

Other Republicans have also condemned King's statements. "Why did I sit in classes teaching me about the merits of our history and our civilization?"

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

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

"When people with opinions similar to King's open their mouths, they damage not only the Republican Party and the conservative brand but also our nation as a whole", Scott wrote, calling King's views separate from conservatism "that should be ridiculed at every turn".

On NBC's "Meet The Press", Republican Sen.

GOP Senator Ted Cruz of Texas said King, who was co-chairman of his 2016 presidential campaign, "needs to stop it". It was stupid, it was hurtful, it was wrong.