“Iowans, for personal reasons I hope you’ll vote #Steve King out,” he tweeted. “I’m tired of being confused with this racist dumbbell.”
Iowans, for personal reasons I hope you’ll vote Steve King out. I’m tired of being confused with this racist dumbbell.
— Stephen King (@StephenKing) November 4, 2018
The congressman has come under renewed scrutiny over his inflammatory remarks about immigration and race, and his association with white nationalist figures.
The New York Times issued a correction on Saturday updating a report to call his remarks “racist” instead of “racially tinged.”
He is currently engaged in an unexpectedly close race with Democrat J.D. Scholten, after a number of companies announced that they will now longer contribute to King’s campaign.
Rep. Steve Stivers (R-Ohio), the chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee, condemned Steve King’s recent comments, calling some of his behavior “completely inappropriate.”