Senate Republicans are slamming conservative Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) and calling on him to resign from the House over his remarks questioning whether white supremacy is “offensive.”
On Monday, newly-elected Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) slammed the Iowa Congressman, telling CNN’s Manu Raju that Steve King “ought to step aside” and that “Congress ought to make it very clear he has no place there.”
Romney is the latest high-profile Republican voice to condemn King’s comments made in an interview with The New York Times in which he said, “white nationalist, white supremacist, Western civilization — how did that language become offensive?”
“Why did I sit in classes teaching me about the merits of our history and civilization?” he said.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) in a statement Monday said he has “no tolerance for such positions and those who espouse these views are not supporters of American ideals and freedoms.”
House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) says he may punish King by revoking his committee assignments.
″That language has no place in America,” McCarthy said on CBS’s “Face the Nation” Sunday. “That is not the America that I know. And it’s most definitely not the party of Lincoln.”