"White nationalist, white supremacist, Western civilization - how did that language become offensive?"
Asked to elaborate on what repercussions King may face, McCarthy simply responded that "a number of things" would occur. "Why did I sit in classes teaching me about the merits of our history and our civilization?"
Instead of answering directly, Scalise referred to Republicans' statements denouncing King's comments, and said "many Democrats" - he did not name them - had "aligned themselves with anti-Semites" and "called on physical violence". "I'm having a serious conversation with Congressman Steve King about his future and role in this Republican Party", McCarthy said.
"I will admit I am unsure who is offended by the term "Western civilization" on its own, but anyone who needs "white nationalist" or "white supremacist" defined, described and defended does lack some pretty common knowledge", Scott wrote in the The Washington Post.
"I've watched on the other side that they do not take action when their members say something like this - action will be taken", McCarthy added. The Congressional Black Caucus, a group of lawmakers now composed entirely of Democrats, has called for King to be stripped of his committee assignments.
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"Anything less than these substantive actions is another tacit acceptance of racism from the Republican Party", her statement continued.
Steve Scalise, the No2 Republican in the House, also condemned King on Sunday. Joni Ernst tweeted a statement condemning King.
"I didn't know who all of these groups were and I detest any kind of hate group", he told the Times-Picayune newspaper then. I think all of us ought to be united, regardless of party, in saying, white supremacism, white nationalism, is hatred.
The top Republican in the House said Sunday that "action will be taken" against Rep. Steve King for comments the Iowa Republican made last week defending white nationalism and white supremacy. We are a great nation and this divisiveness is hurting everyone. Republicans have chided him for his remarks but the Congressional Black Caucus has a form of punishment for King: removing him from all of his committee assignments. "We can not continue down this path if we want to continue to be a great nation", she wrote Saturday morning. State Sen. Randy Feenstra, R-Hull, announced this week he'd seek the Republican nomination, facing the nine-term King.