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Rep. Steve KingSteven (Steve) Arnold KingThe Hill's Morning Report — Trump eyes wall money options as shutdown hits 21 days GOP campaign committee chair says NRCC likely won't get involved in Steve King primary Steve King identifies himself as a 'nationalist,' defends earlier comments MORE is facing a new political storm over his latest inflammatory comments about immigration and race — remarks in which he questioned why the terms “white nationalist” and “white supremacist” were offensive.
Talk of censuring the Iowa Republican is picking up as he takes heavy criticism from his own party. There are also questions about whether he could lose the distinction of being a subcommittee ranking member in the current Congress.
A Friday floor speech in which he expressed regret for “heartburn” felt in Congress and in his district and the country over his remarks did not appear to quell the growing storm.
Sen. Tim ScottTimothy (Tim) Eugene ScottTrump fails the first test of the First Step Act Evangelical group calls for LGBT people to be removed from anti-lynching bill 116th Congress breaks records for women, minority lawmakers MORE (R-S.C.), the Senate's only black Republican, penned a Washington Post op-ed on Friday warning that King reflects poorly on the rest of the GOP.
“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,” he wrote.
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