House GOP leader: 'Action will be taken' after King's white supremacy comment



"I defend American civilization, which is an essential component of western civilization". "I am having a serious conversation with Steve King on his future and role in this Republican Party".

Then he doubled down on CNN, telling the network, "I'd like to see an America that's just so homogeneous that we look a lot the same".

McCarthy did not say specifically what action would be taken, but stressed the point on Sunday.

McCarthy did not elaborate on what action he plans on taking after his meeting with King.

According to CBS, McCarthy said after the interview aired that he is reviewing whether or not King should keep his committee assignments, which includes a spot on the highly influential House Judiciary Committee.

Representatives for both McCarthy and King did not immediately respond to HuffPost's requests for comment. King asked. "Why did I sit in classes teaching me about the merits of our history and our civilization?"

"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.

President and CEO of the Family Leader Bob Vander Plaats, a three-time Republican candidate for governor who is one of the state's most recognizable conservative voices, said he could offer no excuse for King's words. King, 69, told the newspaper. He later released a statement saying, "I reject those labels and the evil ideology" represented by those terms, adding he is "simply a Nationalist".

Yet still, the party struggles with a negative perception on civility and fairness brought on by people who make comments like King, or the people in the Republican Party who remain silent instead of ridiculing comments like King's. King was quoted asking in a New York Times piece, which was published Thursday.

U.S. Senator Tim Scott, an African-American member from SC, wrote an op-ed piece Friday in the Washington Post because of King's comments.

"Let me be clear ― Rep. King's language is reckless, wrong, and has no place in society", he tweeted after his CBS interview. Tim Scott of SC.

"Some in our party wonder why Republicans are constantly accused of racism - it is because of our silence when things like this are said".