King Portrays Hurricane Katrina Victims As Helpless, Reliant On Handouts

UNITED STATES - SEPTEMBER 07: Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, attends a rally with Angel Families on the East Front of the Capitol, to highlight crimes committed by illegal immigrants in the U.S., on September 7, 2018. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)
UNITED STATES - SEPTEMBER 07: Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, attends a rally with Angel Families on the East Front of the Capitol, to highlight crimes committed by illegal immigrants in the U.S., on September 7, 2018. (Pho... UNITED STATES - SEPTEMBER 07: Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, attends a rally with Angel Families on the East Front of the Capitol, to highlight crimes committed by illegal immigrants in the U.S., on September 7, 2018. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call) MORE LESS
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March 22, 2019 9:40 a.m.

Rep. Steve King (R-IA) Thursday smeared the victims of Hurricane Katrina as helpless and reliant on handouts as compared to the hardiness and self-dependence of his own constituency.

“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, who’s gonna help me?’” King said at a town hall in Charter Oak, Iowa. “They’re just always gratified when they come and see Iowans take care of each other, so that’s a point of pride that spreads across the country.”

The death toll from the storm is very uncertain, but most cite figures between the high 900s and 1,836 — either way, it is undoubtedly one of the deadliest hurricanes in modern American history. It is widely remembered as a FEMA disaster, from an egregiously late response to emergency shelter trailers infested with asbestos.

King has been on a roll this week, refusing to say if white societies are superior or inferior to nonwhite societies just a few days ago.

Watch his speech here (the Katrina comments come about six minutes in):

H/T HuffPost

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