House GOP leader to meet with King over race remarks

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In an interview with the New York Times, King asked, "White nationalist, white supremacist, Western civilization - how did that language become offensive?"

King has a well-established history of controversial rhetoric, and the latest incident comes as many within the GOP are already seeking to distance themselves politically - or defeat him in 2020.

Kevin McCarthy, the top Republican in Congress, said last week that "action will be taken" against King for his comments. "Republicans should make clear Mr. King is no longer welcomed in their party or Congress", CBC Chairwoman Karen Bass, D-Calif., said in a statement, "Anything less than these substantive actions is another tacit acceptance of racism from the Republican Party".

McCarthy, who said the two would meet Monday, didn't outline specific measures he planned to take but suggested that "a number of things" would become public.

He called on McCarthy "to withhold from Steve King the privilege of serving on any committee until he apologizes for his racism".

He added, "Why did I sit in classes teaching me about the merits of our history and our civilization?"

Clyburn, on the other hand, said he was hesitant to censure King. Scott, the Senate's only current black Republican, wrote that it enables those who want to label the party's members as racist, and imperils an agenda based on "spreading opportunity".

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King serves on the Agriculture, Small Business and Judiciary committees, and chairs Judiciary's subcommittee on the Constitution and Civil Justice.

The House will vote this week, and as soon as Tuesday, to condemn Iowa Republican Rep. Republicans have chided him for his remarks but the Congressional Black Caucus has a form of punishment for King: removing him from all of his committee assignments. Karen Bass, D-California, said in a statement obtained by CNN.

"We have made significant progress in our nation, and while there is still work to do, we can not let these intolerant and hateful views hold us back".

Democratic leaders made a decision to hold a vote on Clyburn's resolution disapproving of King's comments, according to a leadership aide, who said the vote will likely be held Tuesday. I think he's absolutely right.

President Trump side-stepped a question about King in remarks to reporters ahead of a trip to New Orleans on Monday.

"King's statements have drawn praise from known White supremacists like former Ku KluxKlan leader David Duke", the resolution continues.

King has already drawn a primary challenger for the 2020 election: Randy Feenstra, a GOP state senator.

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