Rep. Curbelo: I would never vote for someone like Steve King

Rep. Curbelo: I would never vote for someone like Steve King
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Rep. Carlos CurbeloCarlos Luis CurbeloPelosi: GOP retirements indicate they'll be in the minority, with Democrat in the White House The Hill's Morning Report - Congress returns: What to expect Wave of GOP retirements threatens 2020 comeback MORE (R-Fla.) said Wednesday he would never vote for Rep. Steve KingSteven (Steve) Arnold KingIowa Steak Fry to draw record crowds for Democrats Ocasio-Cortez rips Steve King after he shares video drinking from toilet-fountain hybrid at border Steve King says he drank from toilet at detention center MORE (R-Iowa) given the congressman's actions and comments on race and association with white supremacists.

"His comments and his actions are disgusting," Curbelo told MSNBC regarding King.

"I know nothing about his opponent, Andrea, but I can tell you this, I would never cast a ballot for someone like Steve King," he said.

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"My principles are more important than any of that," Curbelo said, when asked if he would even refuse to vote for someone like King if the GOP majority depended on it. 

"I would never cast a ballot for someone like Steve King."

King has been under scrutiny from the left and right over his comments and conduct regarding race and white nationalism. 

The head of the GOP campaign arm in the House, Rep. Steve StiversSteven (Steve) Ernst StiversBill requiring carbon monoxide detectors in public housing passes House The Hill's Morning Report — Trump and the new Israel-'squad' controversy Republicans offer support for Steve King challenger MORE (R-Ohio), also recently criticized King, who is currently running for reelection.

"Congressman Steve King’s recent comments, actions, and retweets are completely inappropriate," Stivers tweeted Tuesday. "We must stand up against white supremacy and hate in all forms, and I strongly condemn this behavior."

King has previously endorsed a white nationalist candidate in a Toronto mayoral race and recently met with members of a far-right Austrian group with links to the Nazi Party. 

He has also stated that diversity is not America's strength and clashed with Curbelo and other members of the GOP last year when he tweeted, "We can't restore our civilization with somebody else's babies."

Though FiveThirtyEight gives King a 5 in 6 shot of holding his House seat in the midterms, party leadership has come under pressure to punish him.

On Wednesday, the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) urged House Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanDemocrats hit Scalia over LGBTQ rights Three-way clash set to dominate Democratic debate Krystal Ball touts Sanders odds in Texas MORE (R-Wis.) to take action against King for is "anti-Semitic and offensive" past comments.

"What the moment demands is our country’s leaders, from all sectors of society, to make it crystal clear that anti-Semitism and hate have no place in the United States," wrote ADL CEO and national director Jonathan Greenblatt in a public letter.