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 say Biden energy plan will help GOP in rust belt states GOP lawmaker: Don't believe polls showing Trump behind Biden 4 Texas GOP congressional primary runoffs to watch 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 PelosiUS praises British ban on China's Huawei after pressure campaign Voter fraud charges filed against GOP Rep. Steve Watkins Dunford withdraws from consideration to chair coronavirus oversight panel 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.”