On Friday, corporate giant AT & T joined the growing list of companies to resign support for US-based MP Steve King (R-Iowa) – the white nationalist sympathizer seeking re-election for a ninth-term term.
AT & T, which completed the USD 85 billion acquisition of Time Warner, took over the role of HBO's parent in June. But that did not stop TV presenter John Oliver.
Oliver joined the company during the Sunday issue of "Last Week Tonight" and called the timing of the announcement "a bit weird because King has been this racist for years."
But AT & T, Oliver said, has never excelled in the ability to pick up business signals, which explains he did not understand. The host continued his attack and mocked, "How do you like the apples, business daddy? I bet you do not like those apples, right? "
A handful of prominent companies have distanced themselves in recent weeks from King, including Intel, Purina and the dairy company Land O'Lakes.
The announcement came days before the convention centers on Tuesday, in which King wishes for re-election.
After the shooting of the synagogue in Pittsburgh, the criticism of King has increased. However, the representative has a long history of publicly connecting with individuals and parties that have close ties to white Suprematists – most recently with Toronto Mayor Faith Goldy and the Austria Freedom Party.
The neo-Nazi website Daily Stormer has also called the Iowa candidate a "basically white nationalist".
FiveThirtyEight, however, sees the incumbent as having more than 85 percent chance of beating his Democratic challenger J. D. Scholten.
On the air, Oliver continued to express his contempt for King's support of AT & T for such a long time and commented on an outburst attacking a reporter who asked at a press conference in Iowa for support from the legislator for white supremacists.
Oliver called Kings answer "spectacular".
People who are not white nationalists would simply say no, Oliver noted. "The news should not really be that these companies have come across him, insofar as they were alright with him for a terrifyingly long time."
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