Rep. Steve King, an Iowa Republican, said Monday that President Obama favors black Americans over whites -- and showed it when he sided with an African American Harvard professor after a confrontation last year with a white police officer.
"The president has demonstrated that he has a default mechanism in him that breaks down . . . on the side that favors the black person," King said in a discussion on G. Gordon Liddy's syndicated radio program
. The remark -- coming from a four-term lawmaker known for highly charged comments -- prompted fellow Republican Cory Gardner of Colorado to cancel a $100-a-plate fundraising event for his House campaign, at which King was to headline, the Associated Press
Last year, Obama initially said he thought police in Cambridge, Mass., were in the wrong when they arrested Professor Henry Louis Gates after thinking he was breaking into a house -- his own home, it turned out. Obama backed off and invited Gates and the police officer, James Crowley, to the White House for a beer and conversation about the misunderstanding.
On the Liddy show, King also criticized Eric Holder, the first black attorney general, for a speech he made shortly after taking office last year. Holder had said that "in things racial we have always been and continue to be, in too many ways, essentially a nation of cowards
." King said it "looks like Eric Holder said that white people in America are cowards, when it comes to race."
He told Liddy he was "offended by Eric Holder and the president too, their posture." The congressman from western Iowa made similar remarks about the nation's first black president last month, the AP said. He also stirred controversy with his opinions on immigration and the infamous Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq.