“We’ll see what we do about Steve King, but nonetheless, nothing is shocking anymore, right? The new normal around here is to praise white supremacists and nationalism as something that shouldn’t be shunned,” Pelosi told reporters in the Capitol.
Pressed about what specific action the House might take, Pelosi declined to get into details.
King has come under fire for incendiary remarks in the past, but is facing the strongest blowback yet over comments he made Thursday in an interview with The New York Times, when he questioned why certain terms like “white supremacist” have been deemed racist.
“One phrase in that long article has created an unnecessary controversy. That was my mistake,” King said. “I’ve never been anti-immigrant. I have been anti-illegal immigrant, and I remain that way.”
First elected to Congress in 2002, King has long been known for his hardline positions on immigration enforcement and his controversial characterizations of those living in the country illegally, which some have panned as racist.
His latest comments about white nationalism prompted an outcry from a long list of lawmakers, including a number of Republican leaders.
Pelosi on Friday noted controversial comments from King in the past, but also alluded to some of the incendiary remarks that have emanated from the White House in recent years, which have included racially charged comments from the president himself.
“He’s said terrible things,” Pelosi said of King. “Terrible things have been said by other people in this administration, as well.”