Rep. McCarthy: 'Action Will Be Taken' on King's White Supremacy Comments

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King, in an interview with The New York Times published Thursday, defended white nationalism.

Randy Feenstra, a Republican state senator, announced Wednesday that he plans to run against King in 2020.

House minority leader Kevin McCarthy did not specify what the action would be, but said he would meet King on Monday to discuss his role in the party.

3 Republican, said King's remarks were "abhorrent and racist and should have no place in our national discourse". "And it's most definitely not the party of Lincoln", McCarthy said.

McCarthy, now the top Republican in the House upon Paul Ryan's departure from Congress, did not elaborate on what actions he planned to take against King, whether it would be to ask for King's resignation, support a primary opponent, or simply censure the Iowa lawmaker.

He continued, "Action will be taken".

The Congressional Black Caucus on Saturday condemned Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, and called on King's fellow Republicans to remove him from his committee assignments.

McCarthy explained that there are a number of steps he can take to pressure King for his 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". President Donald Trump was roundly criticized - including by Scott and other Republicans - for his failure to condemn white supremacists following a violent 2017 rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, that left one counter-protester dead.

"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.

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

"White nationalist, white supremacist, Western civilization - how did that language become offensive?"

"We have made significant progress in our nation, and while there is still work to do, we can not let these intolerant and hateful views hold us back".

"We were very quick to reject those comments" he said on ABC's This Week. "This is a uniquely fractured time in our nation's history, not our worst but far from our best, and it is only together that we will rebuild the trust we seem to have lost in each other", Scott wrote in The Washington Post.

Before the November election, Ohio Rep. Steve Stivers, the chairman of the House GOP's campaign arm, issued an extraordinary public denunciation of him, writing: "We must stand up against white supremacy and hate in all forms, and I strongly condemn this behavior".

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