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Rep. King won’t serve on House panels

REP. STEVE KING of Iowa.

UPDATE: Rep. Steve King – accused of making racist remarks – will not serve on committees in the House of Representatives, minority leader Kevin McCarthy announced on Monday evening.

King (R-Iowa) replied,  “One of my quotes in The New York Times has been completely mischaracterized,” and called his loss of committee memberships a “political decision that ignores the truth.”

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Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) came under fire Monday from two prominent Republican leaders for remarks published earlier last week.

In an interview, King told The New York Times “White nationalist, white supremacist, Western civilization — how did that language become offensive?”

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, in a statement, said, “There is no place in the Republican Party, the Congress or the country for an ideology of racial supremacy of any kind.”

Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) – also the 2012 Republican presidential nominee – said “I think he ought to step aside and I think Congress ought to make it very clear he has no place there.”

The Congressional Black Caucus called for removing King from his committee assignments

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