McConnell, Romney condemn King's comments

McConnell, Romney condemn King's comments

Sen. Joni Ernst, a fellow Iowa Republica, posted on Twitter on Saturday: "I condemn Rep. Steve King's comments on white supremacy; they are offensive and racist - and not representative of our state of Iowa".

In an interview with The New York Times last week, King took the time to defend white nationalism. In a similar period following the publication of Rep. Steve King's comments questioning how the phrase "white supremacist" could be offensive, those networks spent just under 30 minutes on the subject.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, the leader of the Democratic majority, said Friday that the House would take some punitive action against King.

"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. Asked about King's remarks Monday, President Trump said, "Who?"

"If Republicans really believe these racist statements have no place in our government, then their party must offer more than shallow temporary statements of condemnation", CBC Chairwoman Rep.

"We'll see what we do about Steve King, but nonetheless, nothing is shocking anymore, right?" she told reporters.

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"What Steve King said was stupid", Cruz said on NBC's "Meet the Press" on Sunday. "He said the foundation of the Times interview was partly a September 12 tweet in which he wrote: "'Nazi' is injected into Leftist talking points because the worn out & exhausted "racist" is over used & applied to everyone who lacks melanin & who fail to virtue signal at the requisite frequency & decibels. But... "But.Nazis were socialists & Leftists are socialists".

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.

In 2013, he commented that while he has some sympathy for some illegal immigrants, "they aren't all valedictorians, they weren't all brought in by their parents - for everyone who's a valedictorian, there's another 100 out there who weigh 130 pounds and they've got calves the size of cantaloupes because they're hauling 75 pounds of marijuana across the desert".

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. Tim Scott (R-S.C.). Bush called on Republicans to support King's primary challenger.

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

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