Pelosi says there's 'interest' in taking action on Steve King

Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiSekulow indicates White House not interested in motion to dismiss impeachment articles Overnight Health Care: Trump restores funding for Texas program that bars Planned Parenthood | Trump to attend March for Life | PhRMA spent record on 2019 lobbying Key House committee chairman to meet with Mnuchin on infrastructure next week MORE (D-Calif.) suggested Friday that the House will take some punitive action against Rep. Steve KingSteven (Steve) Arnold KingNebraska Democratic Party Chair: Rural vote should be 'bedrock' of party With surge in anti-Semitism, political leaders need to be aggressive and reflective in response Steve King challenger: 2020 Democrats have 'huge' opportunity to win over rural America MORE (R-Iowa), who’s under fire from both parties for recent comments defending the “white supremacist” label.
 
“We’ll see what we do about Steve King, but nonetheless, nothing is shocking anymore, right? The new normal around here is to praise white supremacists and nationalism as something that shouldn’t be shunned,” Pelosi told reporters in the Capitol. 
 
Pressed about what specific action the House might take, Pelosi declined to get into details. 
 
“I’m not prepared to make any announcement about that right now,” she said. “But needless to say, there’s interest in doing something.”
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King has come under fire for incendiary remarks in the past, but is facing the strongest blowback yet over comments he made Thursday in an interview with The New York Times, when he questioned why certain terms like "white supremacist" have been deemed racist.
  
“White nationalist, white supremacist, Western civilization — how did that language become offensive?” he asked in the Times interview.
 
King attempted to defuse the controversy on Friday, saying during a speech on the House floor that he regrets “the heartburn” his remarks have caused in Congress and Iowa.
 
"One phrase in that long article has created an unnecessary controversy. That was my mistake," King said. "I've never been anti-immigrant. I have been anti-illegal immigrant, and I remain that way.” 
 
First elected to Congress in 2002, King has long been known for his hard-line positions on immigration enforcement and his controversial characterizations of those living in the country illegally, which some have panned as racist.
 
His latest comments about white nationalism prompted an outcry from a long list of lawmakers, including a number of Republican leaders.
 
“When people with opinions similar to King’s open their mouths, they damage not only the Republican Party and the conservative brand but also our nation as a whole,” Sen. Tim ScottTimothy (Tim) Eugene ScottWhat to watch for on Day 3 of Senate impeachment trial Democrats' impeachment case lands with a thud with GOP — but real audience is voters Restlessness, light rule-breaking and milk spotted on Senate floor as impeachment trial rolls on MORE (R-S.C.), who is African-American, wrote Friday in a Washington Post op-ed.  
 
Pelosi on Friday noted controversial comments from King in the past, but also alluded to some of the incendiary remarks that have emanated from the White House in recent years, which have included racially charged comments from the president himself.
 
“He’s said terrible things,” Pelosi said of King. “Terrible things have been said by other people in this administration, as well.”