Kevin McCarthy promises ‘action’ after latest racist remarks by Steve King


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For example, Scott mentioned that over the past two years, "Republicans have focused on spreading opportunity, and it has paid dividends: From the creation of opportunity zones in some of our nation's most distressed communities to wonderful job-creation statistics and low unemployment rates, there's no doubt that the future is brightening for many Americans".

Tim Scott (R-S.C.) argued that it is because of Republicans' refusal to condemn racist rhetoric that they are labeled by others as racists.

The New York Times recently quoted King saying, "White nationalist, white supremacist, Western civilization - how did that language become offensive?"

Rubin's comments come as the Republican party tries to tamp down furor after Iowa Congressman questioned what was wrong with white supremacy. King asked. "Why did I sit in classes teaching me about the merits of our history and our civilization?"

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"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. "It was stupid. It was hurtful".

"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.

"That language has no place in America", McCarthy said. "And he needs to stop it", he said while speaking on Meet the Press. It is wrong. And I think we need that clarity.

"I would imagine we're going to continue talking about this", Scalise responded.

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"We'll see what we do about Steve King, but nonetheless, nothing is shocking anymore, right?" Randy Feenstra announced he will challenge King in the Republican primary.

Governor Kim Reynolds told Channel 13 on Wednesday, before King's latest incendiary remarks, that she would not back her 2018 campaign co-chair in his 2020 re-election.

In a floor speech Friday, King didn't apologize for his remarks.

Facing backlash, King sought to clarify his statements Thursday, calling himself simply a "nationalist" and attempting to separate himself from people who "support this evil and bigoted ideology".

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"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.

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