For Immediate Release
July 11, 2016
Contact: David Kelso
Kim Weaver’s Statement on the Confederate Flag Displayed On Congressman King’s Desk
Sheldon, IA – “Today I learned, like a lot of Iowans did, that my opponent, Congressman Steve King, proudly displays a Confederate flag in a prominent place in his government office. Like a lot of Iowans, I’m disgusted by his gross insensitivity to the millions of Americans for whom that flag is a symbol of racism and division, and I join them in calling on Mr. King to remove it immediately.
“As I think back on the pain this country experienced just last week in the wake of the tragedies in Baton Rouge, Falcon Heights, and Dallas, I’m struck by two things as they relate to Congressman King’s reaction. First, while he rushed to a video camera Thursday morning to record a message of support to the Dallas Police Department, to my knowledge he has had nothing to say about Anton Sterling or Philando Castile.”
“Secondly, I’m particularly confused by these words from Congressman King, which were part of that videotaped statement: ‘This has shocked us back to a reality, and that reality is there’s evil in the world. And that evil in the world deploys itself sometimes at the slightest inspiration.’ The utter hypocrisy of these words spoken by a man who proudly displays a symbol of racism and white supremacy on his desk boggles the mind.
“While recording the statement I’m referring to, Congressman King wore a police emblem on his tie as a show of support of the slain officers in Dallas and the brave officers who put themselves in harm’s way to protect the protesters. To Mr. King, I would say this: Congressman, the emblem on your tie was a symbol. So is the flag on your desk. Take it down.”