GOP senator slams Steve King over anti-diversity tweet

Sen. Tim ScottTimothy (Tim) Eugene ScottSenate GOP urges Trump administration to work closely with Congress on NAFTA Fed nominees vow to rebuff pressure from Trump on interest rates The Hill's 12:30 Report MORE (R-S.C.) on Sunday called Rep. Steve KingSteven (Steve) Arnold KingKing introduces bill that could jail sanctuary officials Pet breeding laws under threat from House farm bill Don’t let the farm bill overrule state food laws MORE’s (R-Iowa) comments that diversity is not America’s strength a “ridiculous statement.” 

“Very little that I can do about people who speak ignorantly, and you just have to call it for what it is, number one,” Scott said on NBC’s “Meet The Press.” 

“Number two, the bottom line is both when Steve King and Tim Scott arrived in this country, we were actually creating diversity because the Native Americans were already here. So that is just a ridiculous statement,” Scott added.

Scott went on to praise young Republicans, including Rep. Mia LoveLudmya (Mia) LoveYoung GOP lawmakers push for fresh approach Utah redistricting reform measure likely to qualify for ballot Tensions on immigration erupt in the House GOP MORE (R-Utah) and Rep. John RatcliffeJohn Lee RatcliffeOvernight Cybersecurity: DHS chief eyes new ways to bolster cyber workforce | Dems grill Diamond and Silk | Senate panel approves bill to protect Mueller | Two-thirds of agencies using email fraud tool DHS chief on unfilled cybersecurity positions: We’re working on it Congress must act soon to protect high-risk facilities MORE (R-Texas), as a diverse group of young thinkers who will lead the GOP in the future.

King on Friday tweeted a link to an article quoting Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban, who said cultures shouldn’t be mixed. 

“Diversity is not our strength,” King added in the tweet.

King, a vocal critic of immigration in Congress, has made controversial statements in the past, including when he said American culture cannot be restored “with somebody else’s babies.” The statement drew widespread criticism from both parties.