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-CortezOn The Money: Shutdown Day 27 | Trump fires back at Pelosi by canceling her foreign travel | Dems blast 'petty' move | Trump also cancels delegation to Davos | House votes to disapprove of Trump lifting Russia sanction The battle of energy-economic narratives is tainting the Green New Deal Ocasio-Cortez: 'At what point is Fox News obligated to not lie?' MORE (D-N.Y.) criticized Republican lawmakers on Sunday, including for their response to Rep. Steve KingSteven (Steve) Arnold KingSteve King's primary challenger raises more than 0k in first 10 days of campaign GOP can't excommunicate King and ignore Trump playing to white supremacy and racism Iowa newspaper apologizes for endorsing Steve King, calls for resignation 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 rejects GOP measure to pay workers but not open government McCarthy, allies retaliate against Freedom Caucus leader Rand Paul suggests holding State of the Union in Senate 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."