GOP senator slams Steve King over anti-diversity tweet

Sen. Tim ScottTimothy (Tim) Eugene ScottTim Scott says former intern shot in Chicago is recovering Tim Scott: Trump has taken steps 'to move us in a better direction' since Charlottesville Sunday shows preview: Virginia lawmakers talk Charlottesville, anniversary protests MORE (R-S.C.) on Sunday called Rep. Steve KingSteven (Steve) Arnold KingIowa Dem candidate on Pelosi: 'Definitely' time for new leadership Full interview: Democratic candidate J.D. Scholten talks about his run against Steve King in Iowa's 4th Congressional District Midwest Dem candidate: Farm aid plan like getting 'punched in the face'  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) LoveUtah newspapers slam GOP’s Mia Love for 'deliberately deceptive' mailers 10 dark horse candidates for Speaker of the House Overnight Energy: Proposed rule would roll back endangered species protections | House passes Interior, EPA spending | House votes to disavow carbon tax MORE (R-Utah) and Rep. John RatcliffeJohn Lee RatcliffeKey conservative: Republicans should focus on Sessions, not Rosenstein GOP lawmakers introduce articles of impeachment against Rosenstein Hillicon Valley: Senators working on new Russia sanctions bill | Defense bill includes cyber warfare policy | Hatch tells Google he's still alive | Dem wants tech execs back before Congress | Facebook gets foothold in China 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.