Man Throws Water in Steve King’s Face the day After Offensive Katrina Comments

Congressman, Steve King (R-IA) has spent the last year making statements that offend pretty much everyone. He did it again on Thursday when he disparaged the victims of Hurricane Katrina. He said in a town hall, “Here’s what FEMA tells me. We go to a place like New Orleans, and everybody’s looking around saying, ‘Who’s going to help me? Who’s going to help me?”

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Condemnation was swift for King’s comments. Especially from those who considered the remarks to have racist undertones. King’s sharpest critique, however, came on Friday. He was dining at a restaurant, when a man walked up to his table and threw a glass of water at him.

The man who threw the water, Blake Gibbins, was arrested and charged with misdemeanor assault.

King’s Katrina comments were also attacked by the Republicans he serves with. House Minority Whip, Steve Scalise (R-LA), said, “His comments about Katrina victims are absurd and offensive. They are a complete contradiction to the strength and resilience the people of New Orleans demonstrated to the entire nation in the wake of the total devastation they experienced.”

While calls for King to resign have grown louder, the congressman has shown no intention to do so.

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