Rep. Cedric Richmond, D-La., who represents much of New Orleans, labeled Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, a “white supremacist” for comments about Hurricane Katrina victims.
Richmond made his remarks in a Thursday tweet and referred to Iowans, who are facing floods.
He wrote: “My heart goes out to all Iowans. Though it unsettles me that @SteveKingIA would dare compare them to the countless victims of Katrina, many of whom lost their lives. When people show you who they are, believe them. Steve King is a white supremacist and I won’t stand for it.”
King, in a town hall meeting in Iowa on Thursday, said that an unnamed Federal Emergency Management Agency official told him that Katrina victims only ever asked for government help, as opposed to those in Iowa who “take care of each other,” HuffPost reported.
The Advocate newspaper reported that King’s district in Iowa is about 95 percent white. It said about 67 percent of the population of New Orleans was black when Katrina hit
King was stripped of his committee assignments in January after making offensive remarks that embraced white supremacy.
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