GOP Leaders Promise Vague Consequences For Steve King: ‘Action Will Be Taken’

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The top two Republicans in the House of Representatives, Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) and Minority Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA), wouldn’t say on Sunday whether Rep. Steve King (R-IA) will face any consequences for seemingly implying to the New York Times that terms “white nationalist” and “white supremacist” should not be considered offensive.

“White nationalist, white supremacist, Western civilization — how did that language become offensive?” King wondered to the Times in a piece published Thursday. After considerable backlash, King said: “I reject those labels and the evil ideology that they define.” But his past racist comments have been welldocumented.

It’s certainly not the first time King has aligned himself with racist ideologies.

In June, for example, he retweeted a British neo-Nazi, to silence from Republican leadership. And in October, he endorsed the Toronto mayoral candidate Faith Goldy. In December 2017, Goldy joined other white nationalists in a YouTube discussion and explicitly endorsed enthno-nationalism, saying: “It is a natural tribal instinct for human communities to go with their own. So the question is, are we going to continue to work against nature and try to rise above it even though we’re 40, 50, 60 years into this experiment?”

This post has been updated.

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