Ted Cruz Won't Rule Out Future Support For White Supremacist Steve King

Ted Cruz Won't Rule Out Future Support For White Supremacist Steve King

Ted Cruz Won't Rule Out Future Support For White Supremacist Steve King

"It was wrong. And he needs to stop it", Cruz said.

"It was stupid", Cruz said on NBC's "Meet The Press".

"White nationalist, white supremacist, Western civilization - how did that language become offensive?"

King, who has long history of statements that have been criticized as racist, later released a statement labeling white supremacy an "evil ideology".

It looks as though Scott's words were heard by Republican leadership in the House because both McCarthy and Minority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) made it clear that King's words will not go without a response.

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Facing backlash, King sought to clarify his statements Thursday, calling himself simply a "nationalist" and attempting to separate himself from people who "support this evil and bigoted ideology".

When Cruz was asked whether he would support King in the future, the senator did not provide a direct answer. "And I think we need that clarity and I'm certainly going to urge everyone to provide that clarity".

"That language has no place in America", McCarthy, of California, said on CBS's Face the Nation said.

Instead of answering directly, Scalise referred to Republicans' statements denouncing King's comments, and said "many Democrats" - he did not name them - had "aligned themselves with anti-Semites" and "called on physical violence".

The House Republican leader said Sunday he will meet with Rep. Steve King this week to discuss King's future and role in the party and promised action following the Iowa congressman's recent comments in defense of white supremacy. "And it's most definitely not the party of Lincoln", McCarthy said. "That is not the America that I know".

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Senator Tim Scott, a Republican representing SC, penned a thoughtful piece in The Washington Post on how some fellow Republicans like Steve King are damaging the party by spewing thoughts that lack basic fairness and civility yet wonder why the party is considered to be racist.

King has been assigned to agriculture, small business and judiciary committees, according to his House website.

"Some in our party wonder why Republicans are constantly accused of racism - it is because of our silence when things like this are said".

Despite his long history of making Islamophobic comments, endorsing white supremacists and retweeting neo-Nazis, King previously faced little pushback from his fellow Republican lawmakers.

"Should there be action against Congressman King?"

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