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 KingOcasio-Cortez rips Steve King after he shares video drinking from toilet-fountain hybrid at border Steve King says he drank from toilet at detention center Steve King jokes about China forcing Muslims to eat pork 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 StiversBill requiring carbon monoxide detectors in public housing passes House The Hill's Morning Report — Trump and the new Israel-'squad' controversy Republicans offer support for Steve King challenger MORE (R-Ohio) and Arizona Sen. Jeff FlakeJeffrey (Jeff) Lane FlakeFlake donates to Democratic sheriff being challenged by Arpaio in Arizona The Hill's Morning Report - Trump says US-China trade talks to resume, hails potential trade with Japan, UK Joe Arpaio to run for Maricopa County sheriff in 2020  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.