AT&T, the new parent of WarnerMedia, said Friday that it will no longer contribute funds to Rep. Steve King, who is running for re-election in Iowa as he’s being excoriated for tweeting his support of a Canadian politician who has appeared on an alleged neo-Nazi podcast.
“We want to let you know the AT&T employees who manage the disbursements of our employee PAC have now had the opportunity to review the controversy regarding Rep. Steve King, and have determined that the PAC will not make future contributions to him,” AT&T tweeted. “The committee concluded that further support of Rep. King would not be consistent with one of our core values … ‘Stand for Equality.'”
AT&T’s actions follow those of other companies who arrived at a similar conclusion days earlier, including Intel, Land O’ Lakes and Purina.
King has been under fire for years as liberal activists have seized on statements he has made regarding race, such as calling former President Barack Obama “very, very urban” and suggesting blacks and Hispanics could never outnumber whites in America because “they will be fighting each other” before that could happen. Activists have also noted that he reportedly had a Confederate flag displayed on his desk.
Just before AT&T ditched its support of King on Friday, Care2 launched an online petition to force the telecommunications giant to do so.
The online efforts against King went viral late last month after he endorsed Faith Goldy for mayor of Toronto. She is routinely described in the media as a “far right” “white nationalist” who was interviewed by The Daily Stormer, an alt-right outlet that reportedly appeals to Holocaust deniers.
Even the National Republican Congressional Committee issued a harsh rebuke, saying it “will not play” in his race for re-election due to his “words and actions.”
King has responded to the outcry with a statement posted on Twitter that reads: “Americans, all created equal by God, with all our races, ethnicities, and national origins-legal immigrants & natural born citizens, together make up the Shining City on the Hill. These attacks are orchestrated by nasty, desperate, and dishonest fake news. Their ultimate goal is to flip the House and impeach Donald Trump. Establishment Never Trumpers are complicit.”