House GOP leader vows action against King over racist remarks

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Representative Kevin McCarthy, the House Republican leader, on Sunday promised "action" following the latest race-related remarks by Representative Steve King.

McCarthy's vow to "take action" comes a day after the Congressional Black Caucus released a statement calling on House Republicans to remove King from committee assignments.

Bass in her statement condemning King said that "Republicans should make clear Mr. King is no longer welcomed in their party or Congress".

He drew attention to comments made by King on Thursday, when the Iowan wondered aloud: "White nationalist, white supremacist, Western civilization - how did that language become offensive?"

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King, who has a long history of incendiary remarks and associations with white supremacist groups, came under fire over comments he made to the New York Times in a recent interview.

"That sliver of country that truly is racist, that really is nativist has now taken a disproportionate role in the Republican Party, and the rest of them are afraid to say anything about it".

He added, "I'm having a serious conversation with Congressman Steve King on his future and role in this Republican Party". King asked. "Why did I sit in classes teaching me about the merits of our history and our civilization?"

Following his on-camera interview, McCarthy told host Margaret Brennan that he is reviewing whether King will keep his congressional committee assignments, CBS reported. Many Republicans condemned his words, but the party has continued to receive criticism for not taking further action.

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"He likes to create a personal relationship, build the relationship and rebuild the relationship with other world leaders", McCarthy said. 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.

In his interview with the Times, King said he's OK with immigrants of various races legally entering the USA ― so long as American culture stays white and European. He also told CNN, "I'd like to see an America that's just so homogeneous that we look a lot the same".

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

"What Steve King said was stupid", he said. "It was stupid, it was hurtful, it was wrong and he needs to stop it", Sen.

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"I'll stay out of the primary, but I think it's a reflection of the last election", the Republican governor said.