Published: Mon, January 14, 2019
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Iowa Republican Steve King faces party action over 'white supremacist' remark

Iowa Republican Steve King faces party action over 'white supremacist' remark

"I defend American civilization, which is an essential component of western civilization". "And it's most definitely not the party of Lincoln", McCarthy said.

"I have a scheduled meeting with him on Monday", he said, vowing: "I tell you this, action will be taken".

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.

On Friday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., suggested the chamber will take some punitive action against King. Following his interview Sunday, McCarthy told "Face the Nation" moderator Margaret Brennan he is reviewing whether King should keep his committee assignments.

Representatives for both McCarthy and King did not immediately respond to HuffPost's requests for comment.

"White nationalist, white supremacist, western civilization - how did that language become offensive?" he said. "Why did I sit in classes teaching me about the merits of our history and our civilization?"

"We'll see what we do about Steve King, but nonetheless, nothing is shocking anymore, right?" After considerable backlash, King said: "I reject those labels and the evil ideology that they define". It was the latest in a history of inflammatory comments by King, and one that has him in hot water with his party. And while his bigoted rhetoric was called out by several media outlets, including HuffPost, in the run-up to the midterm election in November, King was re-elected to House for a ninth term. King was quoted asking in a New York Times piece, which was published Thursday.

McCarthy's comments add to what has become the most bipartisan, widespread condemnation of King's behavior during his 16 years in Congress. Tim Scott (R-SC) penned an op-ed explaining why King and his language do not represent the GOP or conservatism, while former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush encouraged Republicans to support a primary challenge against the Iowan.

"Some in our party wonder why Republicans are constantly accused of racism - it is because of our silence when things like this are said".

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