The first censure resolution introduced today against King came from Rep. Bobby Rush (D-Ill.), who said that King's "pattern of despicable comments harken back to the dark days of American history where his rabid, racist remarks would have been acceptable to a significant portion of our nation".
He later said he is "simply a nationalist" and condemned "anyone that supports this evil and bigoted ideology" of white nationalism and white supremacy. We are a great nation and this divisiveness is hurting everyone.
Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, a member of the House Judiciary Committee, is under fire again for making controversial remarks.
McConnell, in his statement, said he has "no tolerance" for the positions offered by King, and said "those who espouse these views are not supporters of American ideals and freedoms".
Ted Cruz joined others in his party Sunday morning in denouncing a colleague who seemed to suggest that the idea of white supremacy is not offensive.
King last week was quoted by The New York Times saying, "White nationalist, white supremacist, Western civilization - how did that language become offensive?"
Scott went on to discuss incidents of white supremacy, including the white supremacist who recently killed two black people in a parking lot in Kentucky; the rally in Charlottsville, 18 months ago, when white nationalists killed a white woman with a vehicle and "severely beat multiple black people;" an incident four years ago when a white supremacist murdered nine African Americans in a church in Charleston, S.C. and the 1998 killing of James Byrd, Jr. King told the Times reporter. Karen Bass, D-California, said in a statement obtained by CNN. "I think it's very clear that the party leadership is unified that Steve King is out of bounds and that he should no longer be serving in Congress". President Donald Trump was roundly criticized - including by Scott and other Republicans - for his failure to condemn white supremacists following a violent 2017 rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, that left one counter-protester dead.
He said it was a "mistake" to use phrasing that "created an unnecessary controversy" and denied being racist.
Shortly before the 2018 midterm elections, in which King was running, Rep. Steve Stivers, R-Ohio, then the head of the GOP campaign committee, issued an extraordinary public denunciation of him. Randy Feenstra announced he will challenge King in the Republican primary.