Ocasio-Cortez rips GOP over Steve King's white supremacy comments

Ocasio-Cortez rips GOP over Steve King's white supremacy comments
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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezOvernight Energy: Interior reverses decision at heart of Zinke criminal probe | Dem divisions deepen over approach to climate change | GM to add 400 workers to build electric cars 'Washington Monthly' editor says diversity on Capitol Hill starts with interns Why is my party prioritizing an extreme environmental agenda? MORE (D-N.Y.) criticized Republican lawmakers on Sunday, including for their response to Rep. Steve KingSteven (Steve) Arnold KingMan arrested for allegedly throwing glass of water at Steve King House Dem renews call for censuring Steve King Louisiana rep calls Steve King a 'white supremacist' after Katrina comment MORE's (R-Iowa) comments about white supremacy.

" 'Seeds.'Out of the minority of seats they have in Congress, the GOP allowed a white supremacist to represent ~700,000 people," Ocasio-Cortez tweeted, referring to King. She was citing an opinion piece in The Washington Post titled, "The GOP must stamp out the seeds of hatred before it's too late."

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"Republicans won’t even censure him," she continued. "They also protect a president who can’t bring himself to condemn neo-Nazis. Those aren’t seeds. They’re redwoods."

Her comments come just days after King questioned why terms like "white nationalist" and "white supremacist" became offensive in an interview with The New York Times.

“White nationalist, white supremacist, Western civilization — how did that language become offensive?” King, who has represented Iowa's 4th Congressional District since 2013, asked. “Why did I sit in classes teaching me about the merits of our history and our civilization?”

The comments prompted outrage from Democratic and Republican lawmakers, with many saying that the endorsement of such language had no place in Congress. 

King sought to defend himself in the light of the backlash, saying in a statement Thursday that he rejected the "white supremacist" and "white nationalist" labels "and the evil ideology that they define."

He added that he considers himself "simply a nationalist."

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin Owen McCarthyHouse leaders need to modernize Congress for the sake of America Overnight Energy: McConnell tees up vote on Green New Deal | Centrist Dems pitch alternative to plan | House Republican likens Green New Deal to genocide | Coca-Cola reveals it uses 3M tons of plastic every year House GOP lawmaker says Green New Deal is like genocide MORE (R-Calif.) condemned King's comments on Sunday and vowed to take action. 

"Action will be taken," McCarthy said on CBS's "Face The Nation." "I’m having a serious conversation with Congressman Steve King on his future and role in this Republican Party."

He did not give specifics, but talk of formally censuring the Iowa congressman has been floated as a potential option. 

King has faced scrutiny over his comments on subjects such as immigration in the past. He once said that diversity is not America's strength

Last year, he defended his association with a far-right Austrian group with links to Nazis, saying that “if they were in America ... they would be Republicans."