“Here’s what FEMA tells me. We go to a spot like New Orleans, and all individuals’s making an attempt spherical saying, ‘Who’s going to help me? Who’s going to help me?'” King said, together with that he made four journeys to New Orleans throughout the wake of Hurricane Katrina.
“We go to a spot like Iowa, and we go, we go see, knock on the door at, say, I’m going to make up a status, John’s place, and say, ‘John, you got water in your basement, we’ll write you a take a look at, we might allow you to.’ And John will say, ‘Successfully, wait a minute, let me get my boots. It’s Joe that desires help. Let’s go all the way in which all the way down to his place and help him,'” King said.
He added that FEMA is “on a regular basis gratified as soon as they arrive and see Iowans look after each other, and so that’s a level of satisfaction that spreads all through the nation all over the place that I do know.”
FEMA spokeswoman Lizzie Litzow pushed once more on King’s remarks Friday.
CNN has reached out to King’s office for comment.
Louisiana legislators swiftly condemned King’s remarks, along with House Minority Whip Steve Scalise, a Republican who represents a part of New Orleans, who said King’s suggestions had been “absurd and offensive.”
“His suggestions about Katrina victims are absurd and offensive, and are an entire contradiction to the facility and resilience the oldsters of New Orleans demonstrated to the entire nation throughout the wake of your entire devastation they expert,” Scalise said in a press launch equipped to CNN.
On Twitter, Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards, a Democrat, often called King’s suggestions “disgusting and disheartening.”
“When communities are affected by disasters, we come collectively to help each other, not tear each other down,” he said.
Rep. Cedric Richmond, a Democrat whose district consists of New Orleans, said, “My coronary coronary heart goes out to all Iowans. Though it unsettles me that (King) would dare consider them to the quite a few victims of Katrina, numerous whom misplaced their lives.”
“When people current you who they’re, think about them. Steve King is a white supremacist and I cannot stand for it,” Richmond said on Twitter.
CNN’s Devan Cole contributed to this report.