" We go to a place like Iowa, and we go, we go to see, we knock on the door, say, I'll make a name, John's place , and I will say, "John, you have water in the basement, we can write you a check, we can help you, and John will say," Well, wait a minute, let me take my boots. This is Joe, who needs help. Let's go to his place and help him, "said King.
He added that FEMA is" always satisfied "when they come and see the iwan to care for each other, and that's a point of pride spreading all over the country wherever I know. "
CNN reached King's office for comment
Louisiana lawyers quickly condemned the King's remarks, including House of the Minorities House Steve Scalise, a Republican who is part of New Orleans who said the comments King's are "absurd and offensive." His comments on the victim of Katrina are ridiculous and insulting and are totally contradictory to the strength and resilience of the people in New Orleans, demonstrated to the nation after the total devastation they have experienced, "said Scalisa in a statement released on CNN
On Twitter, Louisiana Governor John Belle Edwards, a Democrat, calls King's comment "disgusting and discouraging." Cedric Richmond, a Democrat whose district includes New Orleans, said, "My heart goes out to all the Iowans. While it disturbs me (King), he will dare to compare them to Katrina's countless victims, many of whom have lost their lives. "
" When people show you who they are, believe them. Steve King is a white supremacy and I will not support him, "Richmond said on Twitter.
de van coole of CNN contributed to this report