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Steve King calls his critics 'cannibals', vows he will be reelected easily

Rep. Steve King Steven (Steve) Arnold KingJewish leaders in Iowa tear into King's 'white supremacist views' Election Countdown: One week…

Rep. Steve King Steven (Steve) Arnold KingJewish leaders in Iowa tear into King’s ‘white supremacist views’ Election Countdown: One week from midterms | House battlefield expands | Trump doubles down on immigration | GOP campaign chief rebukes Steve King | Clinton team quiets 2020 talk | Sanders will not promise to serve full Senate term Purina drops campaign contributions to Steve King, citing recent statements MORE (R-Iowa) on Wednesday dismissed his critics as “cannibal [s]” and suggested he will be re

King told Bloomberg in an interview that recent criticism of him and his comments supporting white nationalist candidates and groups are “uninformed.”

“It’s uninformed.” If it were not, they would have cited something that gave them grief, “King told Bloomberg. “Same with Stivers.” If you attack someone and you do not cite anything, you’re just a cannibal. “He added, referencing comments made by the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) Chairman Steve Stivers , who condemned King in a tweet his week.

“Congressman Steve King’s recent comments, actions, and retweets are completely inappropriate,” Stivers, a Republican member of the House from Ohio, wrote on Twitter. “We must stand up against white supremacy and hate in all forms, and I strongly condemn this behavior.”

King has faced increased scrutiny in recent days about his support of white nationalist groups and politicians.

This month, King endorsed a white nationalist candidate in Canada and defended his ties to the far-right Austria Freedom Party, telling The Washington Post on Saturday that the party would be Republican if it were in the US

A number of companies, including tech giant Intel Corp. and dairy company Land O’Lakes, has announced in recent days that they will no longer contribute to King’s campaign.

King faces a potentially close reelection bid against Democratic challenger J.D. Scholten in Iowa’s 4th Congressional District. A poll released Tuesday showed King with just a 1-point lead in the race.

In his interview with Bloomberg, King dismissed the poll, saying that internal polling has shown him with an 18-point lead in his re-election bid

King also told Bloomberg that he would have a extended response to Stivers after the midterms.

“Unlike him, I’m not willing to risk the majority by following my instincts here. after the election, “King said.

Non-party election forecaster, The Cook Political Report, this week changed its rating for the race from” likely Republican “to” lean Republican. “

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