McCarthy explained that there are a number of steps he can take to pressure King for his statements. "Why did I sit in classes teaching me about the merits of our history and our civilization?"
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. "They believe there is some segment of the Republican Party that will abandon them if they actually do something about Steve King", Jennifer Rubin said while speaking with MSNBC's Joy Reid.
McCarthy did not say specifically what action would be taken, but stressed the point on Sunday.
McCarthy, who appeared on CBS' "Face the Nation", told host Margaret Brennan after the cameras were turned off that he is reviewing whether King, now serving his ninth term, should keep his committee assignments, according to CBS' transcript of the broadcast. He said he rejected the "labels" of white nationalism and white supremacy, as well as "the evil ideology they define". "But the more you guys write about that stuff, then it becomes an issue".
"Anything less than these substantive actions is another tacit acceptance of racism from the Republican Party", her statement continued. Joni Ernst tweeted a statement condemning King.
The leader of the Republican minority in the U.S. House of Representatives said Sunday that "action will be taken" against Congressman Steve King, a Republican lawmaker from rural Iowa who has questioned why the terms "white nationalist" and "white supremacist" are offensive. Republicans have chided him for his remarks but the Congressional Black Caucus has a form of punishment for King: removing him from all of his committee assignments.
"We have made significant progress in our nation, and while there is still work to do, we can not let these intolerant and hateful views hold us back.
In the future, I hope Steve King takes the opportunity to join us". "This is a uniquely fractured time in our nation's history, not our worst but far from our best, and it is only together that we will rebuild the trust we seem to have lost in each other", Scott wrote in The Washington Post.
Randy Feenstra, a Republican state senator, announced Wednesday that he plans to run against King in 2020.