‘Action Will Be Taken’: McCarthy Promises Repercussions For Steve King’s Remarks

Clay Curtis
January 14, 2019

King was quoted in The New York Times last week as saying, "White nationalist, white supremacist, Western civilization - how did that language become offensive?"

Steve Scalise, the No2 Republican in the House, also condemned King on Sunday.

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.

Watch:"That language has no place in America. That is not the America I know and it's most definitely not the party of Lincoln", he added, cited by AP.

"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 wrote, adding, "Some in our party wonder why Republicans are constantly accused of racism - it is because of our silence when things like this are said".

"Action will be taken", McCarthy said. "They believe there is some segment of the Republican Party that will abandon them if they actually do something about Steve King", Jennifer Rubin said while speaking with MSNBC's Joy Reid.

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McCarthy did not elaborate on what action he plans on taking after his meeting with King. We all ought to stand up against it, but it's easy when the Democrats condemn a Republican.

Scott said for too long Republicans have been silent on issues of racism.

Asked if he was concerned about losing committee positions, he told reporters: "I've had no discussion about that". Those that he serves on include the agriculture and judiciary committees. "In the future, I hope Steve King takes the opportunity to join us".

Republican House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy promises to take action against Iowa Rep. Steve King, following his comments about white supremacy. We are a great nation and this divisiveness is hurting everyone.

"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. "We can not continue down this path if we want to continue to be a great nation", she wrote Saturday morning. "Further, I condemn anyone that supports this evil and bigoted ideology which saw in its ultimate expression the systematic murder of 6 million innocent Jewish lives", he said.

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