Both Democrats and his own party were quick to condemn Mr King for the remarks, made in a New York Times interview last week.
House Republicans formally stripped Representative Steve King of all committee assignments on Monday night, days after the Iowa Republican drew criticism for yet another controversial and racially charged comment.
On Monday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said there is "no place in the Republican Party, the Congress or the country for an ideology of racial supremacy of any kind", while Sen.
Rep. Steve King speaks during a hearing before the House Judiciary Committee, Dec. 11, 2018 in Washington, DC. On Monday, two Democrats, Representatives Bobby Rush of IL and Tim Ryan of OH, each proposed censure resolutions, as Representative James Clyburn, the third-highest Democrat, led the charge for a vote of disapproval to take place on Tuesday.
"Ultimately, I told him 'You have to do what you have to do and I will do what I have to do, '" he said of House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy. If he doesn't understand why "white supremacy" is offensive, he should find another line of work'.
However, King still campaigned with top Iowa Republicans on the eve of the election and had not faced the full condemnation of his party until his most recent comments.
In a statement, King insisted that his comments had been "completely mischaracterized" and blasted McCarthy for what King called "a political decision that ignores the truth".More news: Rams turn to running game
"As with any animal that is rabid, Steve King should be set aside and isolated", Rush said Monday in a statement that also called on Republicans to strip King of his committee memberships until he apologizes. At least two members have introduced such resolutions, including the Democrat Tim Ryan of OH, who is joined by the co-sponsors Dave Joyce of OH, a Republican, and Dave Loebsack of Iowa, a Democrat. "I have no tolerance for such positions and those who espouse these views are not supporters of American ideals and freedoms", McConnell said.
King on Friday suggested he's been misunderstood. King asked in an interview with New York Times.
King said he was only wondering aloud: "How did that offensive language get injected into our political dialogue?" Additionally, one of only two African-American Republicans in Congress, Tim Scott, wrote a well-received op-ed in the Washington Post making the point that his party's silence on matters like these fuels the belief that the party itself is racist.
Mitt Romney jumped on the bandwagon Monday when he called for Rep. King's resignation.
King's position in the GOP had been imperiled even before his remarks about white supremacy.
This time, more Republicans than ever are speaking out against King, and last week a prominent state senator announced that he would seek to unseat King in the 2020 Republican primary. Feenstar said Monday, "Sadly, today, the voters and conservative values of our district have lost their seat at the table because of Congressman King's caustic behavior".