US GOP House Leader Promises Quick Action Against ‘Racist’ Republican Rep

Cheryl Sanders
January 14, 2019

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.

The comment drew a denunciation from a member of House Republican leadership.

"That language has no place in America".

Justin Amash of MI, tweeted, "This is an embrace of racism, and it has no place in Congress or anywhere".

King has drawn widespread condemnation after last week telling The News York Times in an interview, "White nationalist, white supremacist, Western civilization - how did that language become offensive?"

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. "That is not the America I know and it's most definitely not the party of Lincoln", he added, cited by AP.

King, who has been frequently criticized for comments he has made regarding race and immigration, was under fire for comments he made that appeared to defend white nationalism.

"We can't restore our civilization with somebody else's babies", he tweeted in 2017.

Asked if he was concerned about losing committee positions, he told reporters: "I've had no discussion about that".

Rubin's comments come as the Republican party tries to tamp down furor after Iowa Congressman questioned what was wrong with white supremacy.

King narrowly won re-election in November.

He said it's a shame and he could no longer remain silent because these accusations of racism fly in the face of the otherwise good work the party is doing. Randy Feenstra announced he will challenge King in the Republican primary.

On Friday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., suggested the chamber will take some punitive action against King.

Senator Tim Scott, the Senate's only black Republican, said in a Washington Post opinion article, "When people with opinions similar to King's open their mouths, they damage not only the Republican Party and the conservative brand but also our nation as a whole". "The last election was a wake-up call for it to be that close".

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