GOP Campaign Chief Condemns Steve King Over White Supremacist Rhetoric

GOP Campaign Chief Condemns Steve King Over White Supremacist Rhetoric

Land O'Lakes has withdrawn support for Republican Rep. Steve King after calls for a boycott of its dairy products over a political donation it made to the congressman.

King faces Democratic challenger J.D. Scholten in Iowa's 4th District, a rural north-central portion of the state that includes Ames and Fort Dodge.

The highly unusual rebuke by Rep. Steve Stivers, R-Ohio, the chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee, came a week before the midterm elections - but after years of incendiary and racially charged comments by King, capped in recent days by his endorsement of a white nationalist running for mayor of Toronto and a meeting with Austrian white nationalists, which he funded through a trip to visit concentration camps.

"Congressman Steve King's recent comments, actions, and retweets are completely inappropriate", Stivers wrote on Twitter. Steve King (R-Iowa) for his racist rhetoric and behavior online, saying in a tweet that "we must stand up to white supremacy and hate in all forms".

The Land O' Lakes Inc. A political newsletter, Popular Information, reported on Sunday that Intel stated in an internal email to employees that it would no longer contribute to King's campaigns after reviewing his public statements and determining they conflicted with the company's values.

Chip giant Intel confirmed a report that it has withdrawn its support for King, after earlier donating $2,000 to the lawmaker's campaign.

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The goal, King said, is "to flip the House to Democrats and impeach" President Donald Trump.

More recently, King has been criticized for defending his ties to a Nazi-linked group in Austria, the Austria Freedom Party.

King has represented the Sioux City-area congressional district for eight terms, and was so widely expected to win again that the National Republican Congressional Committee has not been spending any resources on the race.

At the time of this posting, Rep. Stivers had not responded to Rep. King's response. Iowa Republicans are already at risk of losing two other House seats.Over almost 16 years, Mr. King has evolved from a stalwart conservative to a vocal opponent of immigration to the edge of white supremacy.

Still, Wasserman tweeted that King's campaign is "virtually broke" and "with a week left, it's unclear who's going to bail him out".

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