Published: Mon, January 14, 2019

House GOP leader to meet with King over race remarks

House GOP leader to meet with King over race remarks

The top House Republican promised on Sunday to take action against the Iowa representative Steve King, over his controversial comments about white supremacy and white nationalism.

Speaking on CBS' "Face The Nation", McCarthy said he is scheduled to meet with King on Monday, where he will discuss King's future in the Republican Party.

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

King told The New York Times in an interview that he didn't understand how "white supremacist" or "white nationalist" were offensive terms.

Recently re-elected to a ninth term, King has since insisted he is an advocate for "Western civilization", not white supremacy or white nationalism.

"Will Republicans take any action against Steve King?".

McCarthy also on Sunday dismissed a report in The Washington Post that President Trump has concealed details of his meetings with Russian President Vladimir Putin.


Following his on-camera interview, McCarthy told host Margaret Brennan that he is reviewing whether King will keep his congressional committee assignments, CBS reported.

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

President and CEO of the Family Leader Bob Vander Plaats, a three-time Republican candidate for governor who is one of the state's most recognizable conservative voices, said he could offer no excuse for King's words. She did not elaborate.

Leading Republicans were some of the first to condemn those remarks. Sen.

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 auto 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.

To say Rep. Steve King's (R-IA) colleagues want him to clean up his rhetoric is an understatement. It was stupid, it was hurtful, it was wrong.

"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. "It was wrong. And he needs to stop it", Cruz said.

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