Scalise on Steve King's white supremacy remarks: 'There is no place for hate'

Scalise on Steve King's white supremacy remarks: 'There is no place for hate'
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House Minority Whip Steve ScaliseStephen (Steve) Joseph ScaliseRepublicans seek to delay effort to censure Schiff after Cummings' death Schiff says committees will eventually make impeachment inquiry transcripts public Kinzinger challenges Trump's defense chief on Syria in closed-door meeting MORE (R-La.) said Sunday that "there is no place for hate" following Rep. Steve King's (R-Iowa) recent comments in which he questioned why the terms “white nationalist” and “white supremacist” are offensive.

Scalise did not, however, say whether Republicans will take action against King for the remarks.


"I would imagine we're going to continue talking about this," he said when asked if the GOP would call for action against the Iowa Republican.

"There is no place for hate, for bigotry or anybody who supports that ideology. It’s evil ideology. We all ought to stand up against it," Scalise added.

King's comments were included in a New York Times story published last week.

“White nationalist, white supremacist, Western civilization — how did that language become offensive?” he was quoted as saying in the Times story.

Republican leaders in Congress, who in the past have not criticized racially insensitive comments made by King, have since denounced King's remarks.

Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiDemocratic senator rips Trump's 'let them fight' remarks: 'Enough is enough' Trump touts Turkey cease-fire: 'Sometimes you have to let them fight' Mattis responds to Trump criticism: 'I guess I'm the Meryl Streep of generals' MORE (D-Calif.), meanwhile, said last week that the House could take action against King, though she didn't specify what that might be.

“We’ll see what we do about Steve King, but nonetheless, nothing is shocking anymore, right? The new normal around here is to praise white supremacists and nationalism as something that shouldn’t be shunned,” Pelosi told reporters.
“I’m not prepared to make any announcement about that right now,” she added. “But needless to say, there’s interest in doing something.”