NYT updates Steve King story to call his remarks ‘racist’

NYT updates Steve King story to call his remarks ‘racist’
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The New York Times on Saturday issued an update to a news story about Rep. Steve KingSteven (Steve) Arnold KingWhy the GOP march of mad hatters poses a threat to our Democracy MSNBC's Donny Deutsch: 'Pathetic' Republicans who stormed closed hearing are 'boring, nerdy-looking white guys' Overnight Defense: Trump lifts sanctions on Turkey | 'Small number' of troops to remain by Syrian oil fields | Defense official's impeachment testimony delayed five hours after Republicans storm secure room 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."

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"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.

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 StiversWaters clashes with Trump officials over 'disastrous' housing plans Financial sector's work on SAFE Banking Act shows together, everyone achieves more GOP ratchets up 2020 attacks as impeachment storm grows MORE (R-Ohio) and Arizona Sen. Jeff FlakeJeffrey (Jeff) Lane FlakeLindsey Graham basks in the impeachment spotlight Kelly, McSally virtually tied in Arizona Senate race: poll The Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by Nareit — White House cheers Republicans for storming impeachment hearing 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.