McCarthy rejects idea of censuring Steve King

McCarthy rejects idea of censuring Steve King
© Greg Nash

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin Owen McCarthyTrump touts Washington Post story on GOP support Pence extends olive branch to Cummings after Trump's Baltimore attacks Marijuana industry donations to lawmakers surge in 2019: analysis MORE (R-Calif.) this week rejected the idea of censuring Rep. Steve KingSteven (Steve) Arnold KingOcasio-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 Steve King jokes about China forcing Muslims to eat pork MORE (R-Iowa) over comments he made regarding white supremacy.

“I think the action we have taken is stronger and I think at this point we should move on,” he said Tuesday on “The Ralph Bailey Show.”

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King ignited a bipartisan firestorm when he asked during a New York Times interview last week, “White nationalist, white supremacist, Western civilization — how did that language become offensive?”

House Republicans responded to King's remarks by removing him from assignments on the House Agriculture, Judiciary and Small Business committees.

Democratic Reps. Tim RyanTimothy (Tim) John RyanFive top 2020 Democrats haven't committed to MSNBC climate forum Progressive tax-the-rich push gains momentum The Hill's 12:30 Report: House panel approves impeachment powers MORE (Ohio) and Bobby RushBobby Lee RushHouse Democrats blur lines on support for impeachment Congress mobilizes on cyber threats to electric grid CBC lawmakers rip Justice Democrats for targeting black lawmakers for primaries MORE (Ill.) both introduced resolutions to censure him for the remarks.

The House ended up passing a resolution condemning white nationalism and white supremacy by a 424-1 vote on Tuesday. Rush, the lone dissenter, said the measure was not specific enough in its condemnation of King.

McCarthy, who oversaw the removal of King from his committee posts, told reporters on Tuesday, “There is no room for white supremacy.”

“This wasn’t the first time that he used this language," McCarthy said on the radio show. "When he used this I came out directly and denounced it and was frustrated. But I knew that I watched past leaders [who] did not act and I just felt I don’t care if it hurts me or not, I just gotta do the right thing. But when I looked back at the things he had said recently, it doesn’t reflect us, and it can’t reflect us.”

The Iowa Republican, a staunch opponent of illegal immigration, has a history of making controversial remarks. He has argued that his comments during last week's interview were taken out of context.

King panned McCarthy on Tuesday, saying the minority leader has “decided he’s going to believe The New York Times over Steve King, and that’s a fact.”

Though leaders in both parties and chambers of Congress have called on King to resign, the nine-term congressman indicated he has no intention of doing so.

“I will continue to point out the truth and work with all the vigor that I have to represent 4th District Iowans for at least the next two years,” King said Monday.