McCarthy rejects idea of censuring Steve King

McCarthy rejects idea of censuring Steve King
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House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin Owen McCarthySteve King says he will run again in 2020: 'I have nothing to apologize for' Steve King spins GOP punishment into political weapon Steve King asks for Congressional Record correction over white supremacist quote MORE (R-Calif.) this week rejected the idea of censuring Rep. Steve KingSteven (Steve) Arnold KingFormer Iowa Gov. Vilsack won't challenge Ernst for Senate in 2020 Steve King says he will run again in 2020: 'I have nothing to apologize for' The Hill's Morning Report - What to watch for as Mueller’s probe winds down 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 RyanTim Ryan ‘seriously considering’ 2020 bid Baseball legend Frank Robinson, first black manager in MLB, dies at 83 House Democrat warns ethics committee about Steve King promoting white nationalism website MORE (Ohio) and Bobby RushBobby Lee RushThe Hill's Morning Report — Emergency declaration to test GOP loyalty to Trump Rep. Bobby Rush unloads on Smollett over 'devious,' 'disgraceful' actions Dem behind impeachment push to boycott State of the Union 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.