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Land O’Lakes withdraws Steve King support due to company ‘values’

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Rep. Steve King has often come under fire for making racially
charged remarks.

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  • Land O’Lakes has withdrawn support for Republican Rep. Steve
    King after calls for a boycott of its dairy products over a
    political donation it made to the congressman. 
  • King has often come under fire for racially charged remarks
    and
    support for white nationalist viewpoints.
  • Most recently, King has been criticized for defending his
    ties to a Nazi-linked group in Austria.

Land O’Lakes has withdrawn support for Republican Rep. Steve King
after calls for a boycott of its dairy products over a political
donation it made to the congressman. 

“The Land O’Lakes, Inc. PAC has traditionally contributed
to lawmakers of both parties that represent the communities
where our members and employees live and work and are also
on committees that oversee policies that directly impact our
farmer owners,”
the company said in a statement.

“We take our civic responsibility seriously, want our
contributions to be a positive force for good and also seek to
ensure that recipients of our contributions uphold our company’s
values,” the company added, saying that “on that basis” it’s no
longer supporting King “moving forward.”

This came after calls for a boycott of the company in
relation to its support for King went viral on social
media.

King has often come under fire for racially charged remarks and

support for white nationalist viewpoints.

The Iowa Republican once tweeted, for example, that

“diversity is not our strength.”
 Not long before
that, King
tweeted
that “we can’t restore our civilization
with somebody else’s babies.” 

More recently, King has been criticized for defending his
ties to a Nazi-linked group in Austria, the Austria Freedom
Party. 

In a recent interview with The Washington Post, King
said the Austria Freedom Party “would be Republicans” if they
were in the US. The interview was published shortly after a
massacre at a Pittsburgh synagogue, which marked the deadliest
attack on Jews in US history. 

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