I want to make one thing abundantly clear: I reject those labels and the evil ideology that they define. "I'm having a serious conversation with Congressman Steve King about his future and role in this Republican Party", McCarthy said. The top three Republicans in the House and other lawmakers from the party condemned the remarks.
McCarthy did not say specifically what action would be taken, but stressed the point on Sunday. The Congressional Black Caucus, a group of lawmakers now composed entirely of Democrats, has called for King to be stripped of his committee assignments.
"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 has any role with us", McCarthy said. "Instead, they must actually condemn Mr. King by removing him from his committee assignments so that he can no longer affect policies that impact the very people he has made it clear he disdains". On Friday, in a House speech, he expressed regret for the "heartburn" his remarks had caused. "But the more you guys write about that stuff, then it becomes an issue".
Steve King (R-Iowa) over his recent comments to The New York Times questioning why terms such as "white supremacist" and "white nationalist" are considered offensive.
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.
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 vehicle 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. We are a great nation and this divisiveness is hurting everyone.
And the Congressional Black Caucus was not the only entity to come out against King on Saturday. "We can not continue down this path if we want to continue to be a great nation".
"These are just a sliver of the havoc that white nationalists and white supremacists have strewn across our nation for hundreds of years", he added. State Sen. Randy Feenstra, R-Hull, announced this week he'd seek the Republican nomination, facing the nine-term King.