Rep. Steve King: Obama Favors Blacks Over Whites


rep-steve-king-r-iowaDemocrats today denounced an Iowa Republican congressman who says President Barack Obama favors blacks over whites, and a GOP candidate from Colorado canceled a fundraiser the Iowan was to keynote.Rep. Steve King, known for sometimes incendiary remarks about immigration, Abu Ghraib and other issues, criticized Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder, who also is black, in an interview Monday on G. Gordon Liddy’s nationally syndicated radio talk show.

“I’m offended by Eric Holder and the president also, their posture,” said King, 61. “It looks like Eric Holder said that white people in America are cowards when it comes to race.”

King continued: “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 in the case of professor Gates and officer Crowley.”

He was alluding to last year’s incident in which Obama commented on a white police officer’s arrest of a black professor from Harvard University.

As news of King’s remarks spread, GOP House candidate Cory Gardner of Colorado canceled a planned $100 per-plate fundraiser where King was to speak. King’s appearance was also canceled at a Colorado tea party gathering where he was scheduled to appear.

“His comments do not represent the tea party,” said Owen Loftus, a spokesman for Republican Ken Buck, who is running for Senate in Colorado.

Andy Stone, a spokesman for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, criticized Gardner for having scheduled King. “This is just the kind of over-the-top extremism that Colorado voters have rejected again and again,” Stone said.

King, a four-term lawmaker, made similar remarks about Obama in a speech last month.

“When he had an Irish cop and a black professor, who’d he side with?” King said. “He jumped to a conclusion without having heard the facts. And he ended up having to have a beer summit. The president of the United States has got to articulate a mission. And instead, he’s playing race-bait games to undermine the law enforcement in the state of Arizona and across the country.”

Holder, in a 2009 speech, did not suggest that whites are more cowardly than blacks when discussing race, as King indicated in the radio interview.

“Though this nation has proudly thought of itself as an ethnic melting pot,” Holder said, “in things racial we have always been and I believe continue to be, in too many ways, essentially a nation of cowards.”

King’s office had no immediate comment.

King, a former construction company owner, drew earlier criticism for comments about the Iraq war. He said the news media exaggerated the story of abuses at Iraq’s Abu Ghraib prison and dismissed it as hazing.

And after compiling what he called an accurate civilian violent death rate for Iraq, he said living there was safer than in some U.S. cities, including New Orleans and Detroit.

Christopher Reed, an Iowa conservative activist, defended King.

“He is one of those few politicians who really says what he thinks,” Reed said. “One man’s controversial is another man’s truth.”

{Wire/Noam Newscenter}


  1. He is just saying what a lot of people are thinking.

    Obama’s wife goes to help those in Haiti, the President defends blacks and Muslim extremists but vilifies whites and Jews, gives out government programs instead of jobs, etc.

    This isn’t like the bigot newspaperwoman. This is something that is spoken about among people in private. If King can’t say it outloud, this isn’t America.

    May as well clear it up. If nobody discusses it openly now, then the Democrats will find out about it at the polls.

  2. So it’s OK to favor whites over blacks? Isn’t this supposed to be the country of fair play? Legal equality? Unlike preWar Europe, where being Xtian was superior to being Jewish?

    Believe me, if this guy doesn’t like blacks, he doesn’t like Jews either. He likes only white Xtians, and that’s no me, and probably not you either if you’re reading this site.

  3. Rachel R,

    You apparently know nothing about the world. You are probably very naive, sheltered, and misguided, taken captive by liberal doublethink.

    Obama hates Jews and whites. If you haven’t yet learned, anti-semitism is far more rampant among people of color than whites in America, many of whom are pro-Israel evangelicals. Never before has any president treated Israel the way Obama is. Read “The Manchurian President,” written by Jewish Press columnist Aaron Klein, in which he exposes Obama’s racism and connections with Islamist, white-hating Black Panther-style figures,including Louis Farrakhan.

    Rep. King never said he didn’t like blacks. He is simply stating that there is racism against whites and anti-semitism against Jws in the Obama administration. Only 4% of Israeli Jews approve of Obama, and that is for a legitimate and real reason. I support equality, not favoritism and not reverse discrimination, which are policies liberal Democrats have pushed for years against whites. Remember- we do not benefit from affirmative action either.

    How dare you make such false accusations! After all, the left just loves to make statements without any sources or objective truth to back them up.

  4. I never thought I’d see posters on Matzav speak so approvingly of the biggest political backer of the Agriprocessors raid.

    You do know that he represents the area, and was one of the people calling for (and later applauding) the raid, right?

  5. Dave,

    Everyone needs to evaluate individuals on their own merits. While King might have been mistaken on the raid on Rubashkin, he is not at fault in this situation.