Republicans slam Rep. Steve King for what they call racist remarks

14 January, 2019, 06:52 | Author: Sheila Harris
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Steve King (R-Iowa) over his recent comments to The New York Times questioning why terms such as "white supremacist" and "white nationalist" are considered offensive.

"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 opined.

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.

McCarthy did not say specifically what action would be taken, but stressed the point on Sunday.

"We're not asking the Democrats to do something they haven't done before".

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.

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Asked to elaborate on what repercussions King may face, McCarthy simply responded that "a number of things" would occur.

"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 have any role with us", McCarthy said.

Steve Scalise, the No2 Republican in the House, also condemned King on Sunday. Joni Ernst tweeted a statement condemning King.

Recently re-elected to a ninth term, King has since insisted he is an advocate for "Western civilization", not white supremacy or white nationalism. "Why did I sit in classes teaching me about the merits of our history and our civilization?" "That is not the America that I know". Those that he serves on include the agriculture and judiciary committees. "We can not continue down this path if we want to continue to be a great nation", she wrote Saturday morning.

"Like Donald Trump, Steve King has sought again and again to give comfort to white supremacists, something that should never be allowed in the halls of Congress or the Oval Office", according to her statement obtained by an NBC News reporter. I think all of us ought to be united, regardless of party, in saying, white supremacism, white nationalism, is hatred.

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

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