Sen. Tim Scott, the lone African-American in the Senate GOP ranks, is the latest Republican to rebuke Iowa Congressman Steve King, after the eight-term GOP representative, in an interview with the New York Times earlier this week, questioned why the terms "white nationalism" and "white supremacy" are considered offensive in modern America.
Leading Republicans slammed King's statements.
Rep. Steve King would like America to know that he's not racist, he is "simply an American nationalist".
"It's not enough to condemn [King's] unconscionable, racist remarks", Bush wrote in a tweet, in response to a story from The Hill reporting that the head of the National Republican Congressional Committee, Rep. Tom Emmer, R-Minn., wouldn't say whether the party will support King in his next election.
Scott responded to King's remarks with a column in The Washington Post, and they were also denounced by several other members of the Republican Party.
It seems insane to think that in 2019, a USA congressperson would be extolling the virtues of white supremacy, but here's Rep. Steve King spouting off about white heritage yet again.
"One phrase in that long article has created an unnecessary controversy".
"When people with opinions similar to King's open their mouths, they damage not only the Republican Party and the conservative brand but also our nation as a whole, " Scott wrote.
In the op-ed, Scott didn't call out King's other racist beliefs. Speaker Nancy Pelosi acknowledged Friday there was "interest" in taking action - but no decision to do so, or how.
King's position in the GOP had been imperiled even before this week.
He then detailed a laundry list of King's most infamous remarks, such as talking about children of migrants with cantaloupe calves and saying you can't restore civilization with somebody else's babies.
The very reason King agreed to this interview is to fish for some credit, claiming that he "market-tested [Donald Trump's] immigration policy for 14 years".
A right-wing Republican congressman is under fire from his own party after questioning why terms like "white supremacy" are controversial.
"How did that offensive language get injected into our political dialogue?" he said. He elaborates that he's not even opposed to having immigrants come to the country so long as they assimilate to the values and customs spread by the white Europeans who founded the United States.
Speaking on the floor of the House of Representatives on Friday, he said he regretted "the heartburn that has poured forth" as a result of his interview.