Kevin McCarthy Says ‘Action Will Be Taken’ Against Steve King Over Comments About White Supremacy


Republican House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy spoke out forcefully against Steve King‘s latest controversial comments in an interview on Sunday, promising that “action will be taken” against the Republican congressman from Iowa.

King — who boasts a history of racist rhetoric and support for white nationalists — questioned in an interview with the New York Times last week why terms like “white supremacist” are considered offensive.

“Should there be action against Congressman King?” CBS News anchor Margaret Brennan asked McCarthy on Face the Nation.

“That language has no place in America,” McCarthy said. “That is not the America I know, and it’s most definitely not the party of Lincoln.”

McCarthy said he’s having a meeting with King on Monday — and made sure to swipe at Democrats for not taking action against their own lawmakers when they make controversial remarks. (No Democrat, it should be noted, has defended white supremacy in some time.)

“Action will be taken,” McCarthy said. “I’m having a serious conversation with Congressman Steve King on his future and role in this Republican Party.”

McCarthy did not elaborate on what action he plans on taking after his meeting with King.

“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 added.

A number of Republicans have condemned King’s remarks, most notably Sen. Tim Scott, who called out his own party’s silence on the congressman in a Washington Post op-ed. On Sunday, Sen. Ted Cruz called the remarks “stupid and hurtful” but would not rule out supporting King in the future.

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