Ted Cruz slams Iowa Republican's 'stupid' remarks on white supremacy

Leroy Wright
January 14, 2019

King asked. "Why did I sit in classes teaching me about the merits of our history and our civilization?"

"Anything less than these substantive actions is another tacit acceptance of racism from the Republican Party", her statement continued.

McCarthy said on CBS' "Face The Nation" that he will meet with King on Monday to discuss the veteran lawmaker's future in the Republican Party.

The top House Republican promised on Sunday to take action against the Iowa representative Steve King, over his controversial comments about white supremacy and white nationalism.

King - who boasts a history of racist rhetoric and support for white nationalists - questioned in an interview with the New York Times last week why terms like "white supremacist" are considered offensive.

"I will admit I am unsure who is offended by the term "Western civilization" on its own, but anyone who needs "white nationalist" or "white supremacist" defined, described and defended does lack some pretty common knowledge", Scott wrote in the The Washington Post. "And it's most definitely not the party of Lincoln", McCarthy said.

"Action will be taken", McCarthy said.

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Senator Tim Scott, a Republican representing SC, penned a thoughtful piece in The Washington Post on how some fellow Republicans like Steve King are damaging the party by spewing thoughts that lack basic fairness and civility yet wonder why the party is considered to be racist.

The California Republican says King's "language has no place in America". "Instead, they must actually condemn Mr. King by removing him from his committee assignments so that he can no longer affect policies that impact the very people he has made it clear he disdains".

"I don't see Democrats condemning Democrats on their side who are doing this kind of thing and using this kind of language", he said, without offering a specific example.

King has been assigned to agriculture, small business and judiciary committees, according to his House website. We are a great nation and this divisiveness is hurting everyone.

"What Steve king said was stupid". Tim Scott (R-S.C.) strongly rebuked King's comments and the congressman himself. "We can not continue down this path if we want to continue to be a great nation".

Cruz joined other members of his party Sunday morning in criticizing King's words.

He later said he is "simply a nationalist" and condemned "anyone that supports this evil and bigoted ideology" of white nationalism and white supremacy.

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