McCarthy rejects idea of censuring Steve King

McCarthy rejects idea of censuring Steve King
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House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin Owen McCarthyHarris introduces bill to prevent California wildfires McCarthy says views on impeachment won't change even if Taylor's testimony is confirmed House Republicans call impeachment hearing 'boring,' dismiss Taylor testimony as hearsay MORE (R-Calif.) this week rejected the idea of censuring Rep. Steve KingSteven (Steve) Arnold KingWhy the GOP march of mad hatters poses a threat to our Democracy MSNBC's Donny Deutsch: 'Pathetic' Republicans who stormed closed hearing are 'boring, nerdy-looking white guys' Overnight Defense: Trump lifts sanctions on Turkey | 'Small number' of troops to remain by Syrian oil fields | Defense official's impeachment testimony delayed five hours after Republicans storm secure room 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) RyanThe Hill's Campaign Report: Late bids surprise 2020 Democratic field Tim Ryan endorses Biden for president Strategists say Warren 'Medicare for All' plan could appeal to centrists MORE (Ohio) and Bobby RushBobby Lee Rush50 Cent meets with Pelosi, lawmakers on Capitol Hill Biden apologizes for calling Clinton impeachment a 'partisan lynching' AOC: Trump comparing impeachment inquiry to a lynching is 'atrocious' 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.