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McConnell Denounces Steve King’s NYT Remarks

McConnell Denounces Steve King’s NYT Remarks

"What Steve King said was stupid". King met privately with the president for an hour this October and the president has endorsed the nine-term congressman.

McCarthy vowed "action will be taken" but didn't specify what that would entail.

"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", said CBC Chairwoman Rep. Karen Bass, D-California, in a statement.

But McCarthy sharply condemned King's comments.

Although King has come under fire for the remarks made on the House floor, he has yet to apologize. "Under any fair political definition, I am simply an American nationalist".

"Republicans should make clear Mr. King is no longer welcomed in their party or Congress". Rush, a senior member of the Congressional Black Caucus, also called on Republican leadership to oust King from all committee assignments.

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Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell on Monday became the latest Republican lawmaker to speak out against comments made by Representative Steve King last week expressing bafflement that "white supremacy" had become an offensive term.

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

In defending himself last week, he gave an interview to The New York Times in which he questioned what was wrong with white nationalism. We are a great nation and this divisiveness is hurting everyone. I haven't given it any thought. "This is a uniquely fractured time in our nation's history, not our worst but far from our best, and it is only together that we will rebuild the trust we seem to have lost in each other", Scott wrote in The Washington Post.

Republicans, meanwhile, continued to denounce King's comments on Monday, but had yet to propose any consequences for them.

Before Romney's remarks - one of the most damming rebukes of King from a member of his own party - Rep. Bobby Rush, D-Illinois, introduced a motion to censure the veteran Republican congressman for his racist remarks. Randy Feenstra announced he will challenge King in the Republican primary.

Scott, the GOP's sole Black senator, rattled off examples of white nationalist terror that have rocked the country in recent years: the Kentucky man who fatally shot two African-Americans in a Kroger parking lot, the deadly "Unite the Right" rally in Charlottesville, Va., and the shooting massacre at a historic Black church in Scott's hometown of Charleston.