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"Steve King's despicable comments harken back to the dark days of American history where his rabid, racist remarks would have been acceptable to a significant portion of our nation".

Tim Scott (R-S.C.) argued that it is because of Republicans' refusal to condemn racist rhetoric that they are labeled by others as racists. King told the Times. Steve King last week, pledged Sunday to take action against the Republican House member.

He later said he is "simply a nationalist" and condemned "anyone that supports this evil and bigoted ideology" of white nationalism and white supremacy. "In the future, I hope Steve King takes the opportunity to join us". "Republicans should make clear Mr. King is no longer welcomed in their party or Congress", CBC Chairwoman Karen Bass, D-Calif., said in a statement, "Anything less than these substantive actions is another tacit acceptance of racism from the Republican Party".

House Democrats, who took control of the chamber this month, were pushing for intense sanctions against King, and McCarthy himself came out against the lawmaker, saying King's language had "no place in America".

In an interview with the New York Times, King asked, "White nationalist, white supremacist, Western civilization - how did that language become offensive?"

King, who was elected to a ninth term in November, held seats on the House committees on agriculture, the judiciary and small business. "I have no tolerance for such positions and those who espouse these views are not supporters of American ideals and freedoms".

"I regret the heartburn that has poured forth upon this Congress and this country and especially in my state and in my congressional district", King said on the floor.

The dam finally burst on Monday, as McCarthy met privately with King for an hour before the steering committee meeting where he pushed to strip the longtime firebrand of his committee powers.

"It's nearly like his Republican colleagues are just finally getting the translation and realizing what those who have covered him the last 15-20 years have known all along", Burns said.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell also denounced King on Monday and even suggested the congressman "should find another line of work". King has represented western Iowa in Congress since 2003. Karen Bass, D-California, said in a statement obtained by CNN.

Rep. Steve King has been removed from all his committee assignments amid outrage over his comments supporting white supremacy.

Since the interview, he has denied that he's a racist and said his remarks were mischaracterized.

"I'll stay out of the primary, but I think it's a reflection of the last election", the Republican governor said.

President Trump was asked several times by reporters to comment on King's remarks on Monday, but did not address them.

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