House GOP leader vows ac­tion on King

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - NATIONAL -

WASH­ING­TON — The House Repub­li­can leader said Sun­day that he will meet with Rep. Steve King of Iowa this week to dis­cuss King’s fu­ture and role in the party and promised ac­tion af­ter the Iowa con­gress­man’s re­cent com­ments in de­fense of white supremacy.

“That lan­guage has no place in Amer­ica. That is not the Amer­ica I know and it’s most def­i­nitely not the party of Lin­coln,” said House Mi­nor­ity Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., re­fer­ring to Pres­i­dent Abra­ham Lin­coln. “Ac­tion will be taken. I’m hav­ing a se­ri­ous con­ver­sa­tion with Con­gress­man Steve King.”

King was quoted in The New York Times last week as say­ing, “White na­tion­al­ist, white su­prem­a­cist, West­ern civ­i­liza­tion — how did that lan­guage be­come of­fen­sive?” King has in­sisted he is an ad­vo­cate for “West­ern civ­i­liza­tion,” not white supremacy or white na­tion­al­ism.

He said it was a “mis­take” to use phras­ing that “cre­ated an un­nec­es­sary con­tro­versy” and de­nied be­ing racist.

McCarthy, who ap­peared on CBS’ Face the Na­tion, told host Mar­garet Bren­nan off cam­era that he is re­view­ing whether King, now serv­ing his ninth term, should keep his com­mit­tee as­sign­ments, ac­cord­ing to CBS’ tran­script of the broad­cast.

King serves on the Agri­cul­ture, Small Busi­ness and Ju­di­ciary com­mit­tees, and is chairman of Ju­di­ciary’s sub­com­mit­tee on the Con­sti­tu­tion and Civil Jus­tice.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said “we’ll be act­ing on that” when she was asked about King last week. She did not elab­o­rate.

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