McCarthy: 'Action will be taken' after King's comments on white supremacy

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House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) made it clear that he will not tolerate racially charged comments from House Republicans.

"That language has no place in America", McCarthy said.

King later issued a statement saying he is neither a white nationalist nor a white supremacist.

Backlash was instantaneous and severe, as lawmakers from both sides of the fence joined together in condemning King's racist allusion.

"The new normal around here is to praise white supremacists and nationalism as something that shouldn't be shunned", Pelosi told reporters in the Capitol.

The long-serving representative claimed, additionally, that he is not a racist. Following his interview Sunday, McCarthy told "Face the Nation" moderator Margaret Brennan he is reviewing whether King should keep his committee assignments.

In his interview with the Times, King said he supports immigrants of various races legally entering the us ― so long as American culture stays white and European. "Anything less than these substantive actions is another tacit acceptance of racism from the Republican Party", Bass said.

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. "I'm having a serious conversation with congressman Steve King on his future and role in this Republican party". 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. King asked. "Why did I sit in classes teaching me about the merits of our history and our civilization?" "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". "That is not the America that I know".

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

Cruz declined to say whether he'd support King in the future, but he called white nationalism evil and brought up his criticism of the Tarrant County GOP's vote on whether to remove a Muslim City Council member Thursday. Randy Feenstra announced he will challenge King in the Republican primary.

GOP Senator Ted Cruz of Texas said King, who was co-chairman of his 2016 presidential campaign, "needs to stop it".

"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.

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