Rep. Steve King, who has received backlash for seemingly racist comments in the past, was tricked on Thursday by a Young Turks writer into calling himself a white supremacist on social media.
The Young Turks writer, Ken Klippenstein, asked Mr. King on Twitter to support his uncle, Col. Nathan Jessup, attaching a photo of the fictional colonel played by Jack Nicholson in the film, “A Few Good Men.”
“He’s in the Marines and spending the 4th overseas keeping our nation safe,” Mr. Klippenstein wrote.
The Iowa Republican obliged, retweeting with “Colonel Jessup and all your Marines: God Bless you all.”
Mr. Klipperstein then changed his name to “Steve King is a white supremacist,” which appeared on Mr. King’s timeline.
The tweet has since been deleted, but another user implored the same tactic by asking Mr. King a question about the American flag.
When he answered, the user changed his name to “Steve King drinks pee pee.” Since publishing the tweet has yet to be deleted.
Mr. King equated “white nationalism” and “western civilization” in a newspaper interview in January. Despite him saying the quote was misinterpreted, Republican leadership stripped Mr. King of all of his committee assignments.
The representative has also received backlash for saying not “every culture is equal” in May and dodging a question in March about whether he felt “a white society was superior to nonwhite society.”