Steve King Faces Controversy Again

The Democratic congressman who represents much of New Orleans condemned Rep. Steve King as a white supremacist for belittling Hurricane Katrina victims Thursday.

“My heart goes out to all Iowans. Though it unsettles me that [King] would dare compare them to the countless victims of Katrina, many of whom lost their lives,” Rep. Cedric Richmond said in a tweet. “When people show you who they are, believe them. Steve King is a white supremacist and I won’t stand for it.”

Richmond’s tweet referred to comments King made at a town hall in Charter Oak, Iowa, on Thursday contrasting the people in his district hit by recent flooding to the victims of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans in 2005.

“I saw that from the air and from the ground and went back and did what we could to help those folks down there,” King said of the four trips he made to New Orleans in the wake of the hurricane. “But here’s what FEMA tells me: ‘We go to a place like New Orleans and everybody’s looking around saying, who’s gonna help me, who’s gonna help me?’”

Read more at Roll Call.