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GOP senator slams Steve King over anti-diversity tweet

Sen. Tim ScottTimothy (Tim) Eugene ScottDebbie Stabenow reelected to a fourth Senate term in Michigan Trump should stick to his guns and close failed South Carolina nuclear MOX project Treasury releases guidance on 'opportunity zone' program created by Trump tax law MORE (R-S.C.) on Sunday called Rep. Steve KingSteven (Steve) Arnold King Conservative magazine posts recording of King using derogatory language against immigrants How Steve King turned his back on states’ rights for Big Ag Steve King accuses Weekly Standard of trying to ‘advance a Leftist agenda’ MORE’s (R-Iowa) comments that diversity is not America’s strength a “ridiculous statement.” 

“Very little that I can do about people who speak ignorantly, and you just have to call it for what it is, number one,” Scott said on NBC’s “Meet The Press.” 

“Number two, the bottom line is both when Steve King and Tim Scott arrived in this country, we were actually creating diversity because the Native Americans were already here. So that is just a ridiculous statement,” Scott added.

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Scott went on to praise young Republicans, including Rep. Mia LoveLudmya (Mia) LoveElection Countdown: Recount prospects grow in Florida | Abrams team to sue over absentee ballots | Dem wins pivotal Georgia House seat | A look at the uncalled races | Corporations spend big to beat ballot measures House gender gap between GOP, Dems widens after midterms Pro-environment Democrats gain influence in Congress and states, but lose key GOP allies MORE (R-Utah) and Rep. John RatcliffeJohn Lee RatcliffeTrump's shortlist for attorney general takes shape Papadopoulos seeks immunity before possible Senate testimony Conservatives say Papadopoulos testimony reinforces belief of no collusion MORE (R-Texas), as a diverse group of young thinkers who will lead the GOP in the future.

King on Friday tweeted a link to an article quoting Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban, who said cultures shouldn’t be mixed. 

“Diversity is not our strength,” King added in the tweet.

King, a vocal critic of immigration in Congress, has made controversial statements in the past, including when he said American culture cannot be restored “with somebody else’s babies.” The statement drew widespread criticism from both parties.