House GOP leader: ‘Action will be taken’ after King’s white supremacy comment

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McCarthy is the latest high-profile Republican to to criticize King for suggesting in a New York Times interview on Thursday that white nationalism and white supremacism are not offensive terms.

McCarthy said on CBS' "Face The Nation" that he will meet with King on Monday to discuss the veteran lawmaker's future in the Republican Party. "I'm having a serious conversation with Congressman Steve King on his future and role in this Republican Party".

He continued, "Action will be taken".

"We're not asking the Democrats to do something they haven't done before. That would allow us to do the job that needs to be done".

McCarthy explained that there are a number of steps he can take to pressure King for his statements.

King quickly attempted damage control, claiming that he is in favor of "Western civilization", but that he did not support white supremacy or white nationalism, adding that he had made a "mistake" in phrasing and had "created an unnecessary controversy".

Republican Senator Tim Scott of SC slammed GOP "silence" about comments such as King's in a Washington Post opinion piece on Friday, which Scalise recommended that King read. "Why did I sit in classes teaching me about the merits of our history and our civilization?" We all ought to stand up against it, but it's easy when the Democrats condemn a Republican. "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". He also told CNN, "I'd like to see an America that's just so homogeneous that we look a lot the same".

King serves on the Agriculture, Small Business and Judiciary committees, and chairs Judiciary's subcommittee on the Constitution and Civil Justice.

"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 can not continue down this path if we want to continue to be a great nation".

Bass, in her statement, compared King with President Donald Trump. King asked the reporter rhetorically.

In November's election, King narrowly defeated his Democratic challenger, Democrat J.D. Scholten, by 3 percentage points.

Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds indicated Wednesday that she won't support King in the 2020 GOP primary.