Gop Rep. Steve King: Obama a Racist Who ‘Favors the Black Person”
June 15, 2010
(ChattahBox)—Rep. Steve King, the clownish right-wing Republican from Iowa, jumped the shark with his odious rhetoric so long ago, it’s often not even worth commenting on. But his latest attack on President Obama as a racist who “favors the black person” is particularly odious, even for King. The tea party favorite also took aim at the “radical quasi-militant Latinos” leading the charge against Arizona’s harsh anti-immigration law.
King made his remarks during an appearance on G. Gordon Liddy’s radio show, in which he discussed Arizona’s controversial law SB1070. King made the claim that both President Obama’s and Attorney General Eric Holder’s opposition to the law proves they are racist towards white Americans:
“When you look at this administration, I’m offended by Eric Holder and the president also, their posture. It looks like Eric Holder said that white people in America are cowards when it comes to race,” said King. “And I don’t know what the basis of that is but I’m not a coward when it comes to that and I’m happy to talk about these things and I think we should.”
“But the president has demonstrated that he has a default mechanism in him that breaks down the side of race — on the side that favors the black person.”
Now, besides the fact that King misquoted Holder to make his offensive claims, King’s remarks are typical of conservative attacks against the President on race. And such hatemongering and race baiting is nothing new for King. The conservative from Iowa views the U.S. House of Representatives as nothing more than a convenient forum to promote his far-right rhetoric. As noted by Walid Zafar of Media Matters’ Political Correction, King has no legislative achievements, but instead focuses all of his time and energy advancing hate and wild conspiracy theories:
“With no legislative achievements to his name, King appears to have decided that appealing to the right-wing fringe is his ticket to political survival. His career in Congress is defined by incendiary, distasteful, often ridiculous comments such as the one he made this morning.”
One has to wonder why Iowans continue to keep this clown in office.