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John Oliver asks AT & T, his employer, why it supports the white nationalist sympathizer Steve King

John Oliver asks AT & T, his employer, why it supports the white nationalist sympathizer Steve King

On Friday, company giant AT & T joined the growing list of companies to support the American Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) to withdraw – the white nationalist sympathizer who was looking for re-election to a ninth term.

AT & T, which completed the Time Warner acquisition for $ 85 billion, took on the role as parent company of HBO in June. But that did not stop TV host John Oliver from coming in.

Oliver explained himself during the Sunday edition of & # 39; Last Week Tonight & # 39; in the company and called the timing of the announcement "a little weird, because King has been exactly this racist for years now & # 39 ;.

But AT & T, Oliver said, never continued to excel in the ability to pick up business signals, which explains why it did not work out. Continuing his attack, the host scoffed: "How do you find apples, business dad? I bet you do not like those apples, do they?"

A handful of leading companies have distanced themselves from King in recent weeks, including Intel, Purina and Dairy Land O & # 39; Lakes.

Next example, in a two-part chatterAT & T said that its Political Action Committee had come to the conclusion that continued support to King "would not be in line with one of our core values ​​…" Stand for equality. "

The announcement came days before the congress periods of Tuesday in which King is looking for re-election.

In the aftermath of the shooting at the synagogue in Pittsburgh, the criticism of King has increased. But the representative has a history of public contact with individuals and parties with strong ties with white supremacists – more recently Toronto mayor Faith Goldy and the Austria Freedom Party.

Neo-Nazi website Daily Stormer also named the Iowa candidate "in principle an open white nationalist".

FiveThirtyEight projects, however, that the incumbent party has a 85 percent chance of meeting its Democratic challenger, J.D. Scholten, to beat.

In the air Oliver continued to express his disdain at AT & T & # 39; s support to King for so long, commenting on a recent eruption in which he drew to a reporter who inquired about the legislator's support to white supremacists at a press conference in Iowa .

Oliver called Kings response & # 39; spectacular & # 39 ;.

People who are not white nationalists would simply say "no", Oliver observed. The news should not really let these companies abandon him, as long as they were shockingly long with him. & # 39;

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