Romney calls on Steve King to resign after comments on white supremacy

Newly-elected Sen. Mitt RomneyWillard (Mitt) Mitt RomneyGOP lawmaker comes out against Trump's emergency declaration Warren's national child care proposal has an ObamaCare problem Dem strategist says former GOP spokeswoman will be 'an asset' to CNN MORE (R-Utah) on Monday called for conservative Rep. Steve KingSteven (Steve) Arnold KingThe Hill's Morning Report - What to watch for as Mueller’s probe winds down Steve King spins GOP punishment into political weapon Steve King asks for Congressional Record correction over white supremacist quote MORE (R-Iowa) to resign from the House because of his remarks questioning whether white supremacy is "offensive."

“I think he ought to step aside and I think Congress ought to make it very clear he has no place there,” Romney told CNN’s Manu Raju on Monday.

A spokeswoman for Romney confirmed the statement.

Romney later told a group of reporters that “Steve King’s comments are reprehensible.”

He said King “ought to resign and move on and let someone else who represents American values take his seat,” adding “he should find a different line of work."

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Romney is the latest high-profile Republican voice to condemn King’s comments made in an interview with The New York Times in which he said, “white nationalist, white supremacist, Western civilization — how did that language become offensive?”

“Why did I sit in classes teaching me about the merits of our history and civilization?” he said.

King later issued a statement saying that while he is a “nationalist” who supports “western civilization’s values” and he does not endorse “white nationalism and white supremacy.”

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellOvernight Energy: Trump ends talks with California on car emissions | Dems face tough vote on Green New Deal | Climate PAC backing Inslee in possible 2020 run Poll: 33% of Kentucky voters approve of McConnell Five takeaways from McCabe’s allegations against Trump MORE (R-Ky.) in a statement Monday said he has “no tolerance for such positions and those who espouse these views are not supporters of American ideals and freedoms.”

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin Owen McCarthySteve King spins GOP punishment into political weapon Steve King asks for Congressional Record correction over white supremacist quote Steve King urges supporters to pray for his committee assignments to be restored: report MORE (R-Calif.) says he may punish King by revoking his committee assignments. 

″That language has no place in America,” McCarthy said on CBS’s “Face the Nation” Sunday. “That is not the America that I know. And it’s most definitely not the party of Lincoln.”