Reynolds Dismisses King’s Anti-Diversity Tweet as Part of “the Twitter War”

"I completely disagree with what he said," the Iowa governor said, but she won't remove him as co-chair of her 2018 re-election campaign

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After initially staying mum on Congressman Steve King’s recent tweets quoting the increasingly autocratic prime minister of Hungary and arguing that “assimilation, not diversity, is our American strength,” Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds Tuesday morning shrugged them off as part of “the Twitter war.”

“I completely disagree with what he said,” Reynolds also told reporters, but qualified her criticism by adding, “I have a lot of co-chairs that have signed up to support our campaign” and “I’m not going to agree with everything they have to say.”

And, reacting to calls for the governor to boot King as a co-chair of her gubernatorial re-election campaign over his controversial remarks and views (which recently also included his retweet of an account for a white supremacist website whose founder has supported the views of Adolf Hitler), Reynolds said she wouldn’t.

When Reynolds announced that King had joined her campaign team, she called him “independent, principled,” and a “strong defender of freedom and our conservative values.”

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Gavin Aronsen is an editor and reporter for and founding member of the Iowa Informer. He previously worked as a city reporter for the Ames Tribune, research assistant to investigative journalist Wayne Barrett at the Village Voice, and in various roles at Mother Jones, where his work contributed to a National Magazine Award nomination for the magazine's digital media coverage of the Occupy Wall Street movement. Email: garonsen [at] iowainformer [dot] com.