Police said they were arrested Friday after allegedly throwing water onat a restaurant in Fort Dodge, Iowa. King, the Fort Dodge police department said in a statement.
Based on witness information, police believe King was specifically targeted because of his position as a US congressman. According to the Des Moines Register, Gibbins was visiting the area and did not know.
Gibbins was charged with misdemeanor assault and disorderly conduct.
Earlier this week,that victims of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans asked the government "Who's gonna help me" while Iowans would "take care of each other "after devastating flooding. Iowa is 90 percent white and King has a history of making controversial and racist comments since taking office in 2003.
King supported a House resolution condemning his remarks in January , and he called white supremacy to "evil ideology." However, its history of disparaging remarks towards immigrants and Muslims in particular has resulted in widespread condemnation from its own party, and challenges in 2020.
Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards, a Democrat, wrote on Twitter that Katrina survivors were "disgusting and disheartening." Louisiana Rep. Cedric Richmond thus condemned King's remarks, saying that King is "a white supremacist and I do not stand for it."
Grace Segers contributed to this report.