Democratic Representative Cedric Richmond said that Republican Representative Steve King is a “white supremacist” for comparing how people from New Orleans reacted to Hurricane Katrina with how the people from Iowa are reacting to flooding.
“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,” Richmond, who represents a large portion of New Orleans, tweeted on Friday.
“When people show you who they are, believe them. Steve King is a white supremacist and I won’t stand for it,” he added.
According to The Hill, King at a Thursday town hall said the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) told him that the people of New Orleans asked for help, while the people of Iowa helped each other.
“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?’” King said, according to a video posted to his Facebook page.
King also added that FEMA told him that a person from Iowa would say, “Wait a minute, let me get my boots, it’s Joe that needs help. Let’s go down to his place and help him.”
Previously, King in an interview with The New York Times questioned how the terms “white supremacist” and “white nationalist” became offensive.