Steve King, on the side that favors the dumb person

STEVE KING, ON THE SIDE THAT FAVORS THE DUMB PERSON…. If only Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) were a White House correspondent, he might be forced to resign over ugly rhetoric like this.

During an appearance on G. Gordon Liddy’s radio show this morning to discuss Arizona’s immigration law, King suggested President Barack Obama was a racist and “favors the black person” while carrying out his presidential duties.

King also said that he was “offended” by both Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder.

“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.”

King added: “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.”

As a factual matter, King’s race-baiting is just absurd. Looking over the president’s staff, cabinet, appointments, and policies, there’s simply nothing to suggest Obama discriminates against those who aren’t black. King’s odious attacks are the result of paranoia. (If the right-wing Iowan is really looking for political players motivated in part by race, he may want to talk to his Tea Party pals.)

It’s also worth noting that King misquoted Holder in order to criticize him.

But of particular interest here is the way in which King was projecting during his tirade. Adam Serwer explained, “This is of course, the same Steve King who has defended the Confederate flag, advocated for racial profiling, referred to the Congressional Black and Hispanic Caucuses as ‘separatist groups,’ and said that people in the Middle East would be ‘dancing in the streets’ if Obama was elected because of his middle name. He was also the only — repeat — only congressman to vote against recognizing the contributions of slaves in building the U.S. Capitol, where King now spends his time spewing this kind of nonsense.”

Someone here has “a default mechanism in him that breaks down the side of race,” but I’ll give you a hint: it’s not the president.

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Steve Benen

Steve Benen is a producer at MSNBC's The Rachel Maddow Show. He was the principal contributor to the Washington Monthly's Political Animal blog from August 2008 until January 2012.