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

Newly-elected Sen. Mitt RomneyWillard (Mitt) Mitt RomneyBiden teams to meet with Trump administration agencies Paul Ryan calls for Trump to accept results: 'The election is over' Trump transition order follows chorus of GOP criticism MORE (R-Utah) on Monday called for conservative Rep. Steve KingSteven (Steve) Arnold KingFeenstra wins Iowa House race to fill Steve King's seat Democrats lead in 3 of 4 Iowa House races: poll Hillicon Valley: House votes to condemn QAnon | Americans worried about foreign election interference | DHS confirms request to tap protester phones 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 McConnellHarris says she has 'not yet' spoken to Pence Kamala Harris, Stacey Abrams among nominees for Time magazine's 2020 Person of the Year Feinstein departure from top post sets stage for Judiciary fight 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 McCarthyTop Republicans praise Trump's Flynn pardon Richmond says GOP 'reluctant to stand up and tell the emperor he wears no clothes' Sunday shows preview: Biden transition, COVID-19 spike in spotlight 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.”