US GOP House Leader Promises Quick Action Against ‘Racist’ Republican Rep

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The Republican Party has struggled in recent decades to attract or retain minority voters amid accusations of tolerating racists in its rank. "And certainly no place in the Republican party", Romney told reporters Monday evening.

King quickly attempted damage control, claiming that he is in favor of "Western civilization", but that he did not support white supremacy or white nationalism, adding that he had made a "mistake" in phrasing and had "created an unnecessary controversy".

The Republican Steering Committee voted Monday night to revoke King's assignments to the Judiciary, Agriculture, and Small Business Committees.

The move is by far the most significant action House Republicans have taken against King, who for more than a decade has drawn attention for comments about Muslims and immigrants that many have viewed as racist.

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Mitt Romney, comes as the House plans to vote as soon as Tuesday on a resolution to disapprove of the actions of King, who has a history of making incendiary comments related to race and immigration.

GOP Senator Ted Cruz of Texas said King, who was co-chairman of his 2016 presidential campaign, "needs to stop it". ".I will continue to point out the truth and work with all the vigor that I have to represent 4th District Iowans for at least the next two years". Steve King last week, pledged Sunday to take action against the Republican House member. The resolution being proposed by South Carolina Rep. James Clyburn, the No. 3 member of Democratic House leadership and the highest ranking African American member of Congress.

Monday on CNN's "Newsroom", network political analyst Kirsten Powers said there wasn't "that much difference" between President Donald Trump and embattled Rep. Steve King (R-IA). House Republicans are clear: We are all in this together, as fellow citizens equal before God and the law.

It's not the first time some Republicans have denounced King, nor is it the first time King has said his intent is to defend "Western civilization".

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Rep. Tim Ryan, D-Ohio, also introduced a similar, albeit narrower, resolution. Rep. King's statements are unwelcome and unworthy of his elected position.

"If he doesn't understand why "white supremacy" is offensive, he should find another line of work", McConnell told The Washington Post. It would be unusual if Trump, who appears to be up-to-date on the details of Amazon founder Jeff Bezos's divorce, was unaware of one of the largest stories riling the Republican party over which he presides. Mr. King said. "Why did I sit in classes teaching me about the merits of our history and our civilization?"

King on Friday suggested he's been misunderstood.

On Friday, King said on the House floor that the interview with the Times "also was discussion of other terms that have been used, nearly always unjustly labeling otherwise innocent people".

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