The New York Times on Saturday issued an update to a news story about Rep. Steve KingSteven (Steve) Arnold KingGOP brawls over Trump on eve of first Jan. 6 hearing Pence to visit Iowa to headline event for congressman Former Steve King challenger on rural voters in GOP states: 'They hate Democrats' MORE (R-Iowa) which changed a description of his past controversial remarks to label them "racist."
In a tweet, the Times wrote that the change was done to "more accurately" describe King's history of remarks about immigrants and diversity, which the newspaper previously referred to as "racially tinged."
"We have updated the language in the article to more accurately describe Steve King's history of racist remarks," the Times wrote in a second tweet about the story, which referred to King's close reelection battle in Iowa.
We have updated the language in the article to more accurately describe Steve King's history of racist remarks https://t.co/5Gn6xnseGT— NYT Politics (@nytpolitics) November 3, 2018
King has faced increased pressure recently for remarks about immigration and race, which this week earned denouncements from Republicans including National Republican Congressional Committee Chairman Rep. Steve StiversSteven (Steve) Ernst StiversTrump asks if Rand Paul has 'learned lesson' on endorsements Five takeaways from the Ohio special primaries Trump-backed Mike Carey wins GOP primary in Ohio special election MORE (R-Ohio) and Arizona Sen. Jeff FlakeJeffrey (Jeff) Lane FlakeFlake donating unused campaign funds to Arizona nonprofit focused on elections: report Biden nominates former Sen. Tom Udall as New Zealand ambassador Biden to nominate Jane Hartley as UK ambassador: report MORE (R).
“Congressman Steve King’s recent comments, actions, and retweets are completely inappropriate. We must stand up against white supremacy and hate in all forms, and I strongly condemn this behavior," Stivers tweeted this week.
The congressman also went viral this week in a videotaped exchange with a questioner at a town hall event who questioned whether he was a white nationalist. Several companies, including tech giant Intel Corp. and dairy company Land O'Lakes, announced this week that they will no longer contribute to King's campaign.
The Iowa Republican is running for reelection in Tuesday's midterm contests, and led his Democratic opponent by just 1 percentage point in a recent poll from a left-leaning firm.