Daily Caller editor praises GOP rep for condemning Steve King's 'inexcusable' actions

Daily Caller editor Amber Athey praised Rep. Steve StiversSteven (Steve) Ernst StiversNational Retail Federation hosts virtual 'store tours' for lawmakers amid coronavirus Stronger patent rights would help promote US technological leadership Republicans to introduce House version of Scott police reform bill MORE (R-Ohio) for his recent condemnation of Rep. Steve KingSteven (Steve) Arnold KingWin by QAnon believer creates new headaches for House GOP JD Scholten says he doesn't need DCCC to win Iowa seat The Hill's Campaign Report: Biden builds big lead in battleground Florida MORE (R-Iowa) on Wednesday, saying King's past controversial actions are inexcusable.

"This guy is an idiot, and you'll find no defense of him from me," Athey, media and breaking news editor at The Daily Caller, told Hill.TV's Krystal Ball and Buck Sexton on "Rising." 

"I'm glad that they finally denounced him. The things that he's said in the past, the people that he's endorsed are simply inexcusable," she continued. 

"It's important if the Republican Party is going to fight back against claims that the president is a racist, then they have to denounce any racist that is using their party name to gain office," she said. 

King has courted controversy for years by making a series of controversial and racially charged comments. 

The congressman recently told The Washington Post that members of a Nazi-linked group in Austria, which was founded by a former Nazi SS officer, would be Republicans if they were American. 

Stivers, who is the chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC), lashed out at King on Twitter on Tuesday, calling his recent comments and actions "inappropriate." 

Democratic strategist Don Calloway praised Stivers's condemnation, but said not enough GOP leaders have spoken out against King. 

"Steve Stivers denounced him. I don't know that he carries the imprimatur of the entire NRCC or the entire Republican Party," Calloway, CEO of Pine Street Strategies, told Hill.TV.

"Certainly the Speaker, who is the titular head of the chamber, certainly Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellOn The Money: Senate leaves until September without coronavirus relief agreement | Weekly jobless claims fall below 1 million for first time since March | Trump says no Post Office funding means Democrats 'can't have universal mail-in voting' Overnight Health Care: Senate leaves until September without coronavirus relief deal | US records deadliest day of summer | Georgia governor drops lawsuit over Atlanta's mask mandate Senate leaves until September without coronavirus relief deal MORE has said nothing, but Steve King's been doing this for years. This is who he is," he continued.

"I think ultimately, the final say is going to be with the voters of his district, and I sure hope that they do the right thing," he said.  

King leads his Democratic opponent, J.D. Scholten, by 1 point, according to a recent survey by left-leaning firm Change Research.

Cook Political Report rates the race as "lean Republican."

— Julia Manchester