Kasich on Steve King: 'He should leave'
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Former Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R) said Wednesday that embattled Rep. Steve KingSteven (Steve) Arnold KingThe Hill's Morning Report - Trump on defense over economic jitters Steve King says 'left-wing media' and GOP leadership owe him apology after rape, incest comments 11 Essential reads you missed this week MORE (R-Iowa) "should leave" Congress after his latest comments about white supremacy. 

"It's a terrible situation. Plus, he's not going to get any help in the campaign. If he doesn’t resign he might these last couple years because he’s not going to be back," Kasich said on CNN's "New Day."

Kasich, who recently joined CNN as a contributor, said lawmakers are often reluctant to point fingers at each other, but that King's remarks reached a point where members said "enough is enough."


He added that while President TrumpDonald John TrumpSarah Huckabee Sanders becomes Fox News contributor The US-Iranian scuffle over a ship is a sideshow to events in the Gulf South Korea: US, North Korea to resume nuclear talks 'soon' MORE has made inflammatory remarks, he does not believe they rose to the same level as King.

In an interview with The New York Times published last week, King asked how language like "white nationalist" and "white supremacist" became offensive.

Republican leaders stripped King of all of his committee assignments in response. A few Republicans have called on King to resign.

King has since sought to distance himself from those comments, saying in a House floor speech that he's not "anti-immigrant." On Tuesday, he voted for a resolution condemning white supremacy.

The congressman's comments in The Times were the latest instance of the nine-term congressman courting controversy with racist remarks or association with far-right figures.

Last year, King backed a white nationalist mayoral candidate in Canada and met with Austria's Freedom Party, a group founded by a former Nazi SS officer and whose leader was involved in neo-Nazi circles.

King tweeted in 2017 that “we can't restore our civilization with somebody else's babies.”