House GOP leader: ‘Action will be taken’ after King’s white supremacy comment

House GOP leader: ‘Action will be taken’ after King’s white supremacy comment

House GOP leader: ‘Action will be taken’ after King’s white supremacy comment

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King later issued a statement saying he "rejects" the labels "white nationalism and white supremacy".

King had been the highest-ranking Republican on the powerful House Judiciary Committee, and has for years been an outspoken anti-immigration voice with a penchant for inflammatory rhetoric.

At the same time, he said, he supports immigrants who enter the country legally and fully assimilate because what matters more than race is "the culture of America" based on values brought to the United States by whites from Europe.

Congressman Steve King was stripped of all of his committee assignments by the House GOP steering committee tonight, in a disciplinary move announced by Kevin McCarthy. Censure is one of three formal modes of punishment in the House.

"What Steve King said was stupid", he said.

Backlash was instantaneous and severe, as lawmakers from both sides of the fence joined together in condemning King's racist allusion.

The announcement came just hours after Reps.

It's not the first time some Republicans have denounced King, nor is it the first time King has said his intent is to defend "Western civilization".

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That would be different from censure resolutions two Democrats, Bobby Rush of IL and Tim Ryan of OH, have introduced against King.

Former Utah Republican Rep. Mia Love, now a CNN political commentator, said on "The Van Jones Show" over the weekend that King's comments hurt the GOP.

King, 69, was already under fire from Republicans for aligning himself with a white nationalist politician and making a series of racially charged remarks when he made the head-turning comment in an interview published last week. As with any animal that is rabid, Steve King should be set aside and isolated.

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King on Friday suggested he's been misunderstood. "What he said about white supremacy is unacceptable, and he should find a different line of work", according to his office.

On Saturday, the Congressional Black Caucus, condemning "racist statements" by King, is calling on Republicans to remove him from committee assignments.

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

King's position in the GOP had been imperiled even before his remarks about white supremacy.

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