McCarthy Says 'Action' Will Be Taken Against Rep. King

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House Republican Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA), the second most powerful Republican in the chamber, wouldn't say on Sunday whether Rep. Steve King (R-IA) will face any consequences for seemingly implying to the New York Times that terms "white nationalist" and "white supremacist" should not be considered offensive.

"That language has no place in America", McCarthy said on the program. King has insisted he is an advocate for "Western civilization", not white supremacy or white nationalism.

"I have a scheduled meeting with him on Monday", he said, vowing: "I tell you this, action will be taken. In the future, I hope Steve King takes the opportunity to join us".

Scott went on to discuss incidents of white supremacy, including the white supremacist who recently killed two black people in a parking lot in Kentucky; the rally in Charlottsville, 18 months ago, when white nationalists killed a white woman with a vehicle and "severely beat multiple black people;" an incident four years ago when a white supremacist murdered nine African Americans in a church in Charleston, S.C. and the 1998 killing of James Byrd, Jr.

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.

"Will Republicans take any action against Steve King?". "That is not the America I know and it's most definitely not the party of Lincoln", said House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., referring to President Abraham Lincoln.

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

King's comments ignited a firestorm, drawing condemnation from the top three House Republican leaders. 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 the House for a ninth term.

On NBC's "Meet The Press", Republican Sen. It was wrong. And he needs to stop.

But asked whether he would support King in the future, Cruz deflected. "I think all of us ought to be united regardless of party in saying, white supremacism, white nationalism is hatred, it is bigotry, it is evil, it is wrong".

"What I'm going to do is urge everyone to stand for principles that matter", Cruz said.

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