Rep. Steve King Doubles Down On Obama's "Default Mechanism"

June 16, 2010 10:36 am ET — Matt Finkelstein

Rep. Steve King (R-IA) is refusing to apologize for remarks he made on Monday, first highlighted by, suggesting that President Obama has a "default mechanism" that causes him to favor "the black person."

In an interview with Politico, King claimed that his comments were taken out of context, and that he was only referring to the widely publicized incident last year involving Professor Henry Louis Gates. 

In reality, King is the one distorting the facts.  His controversial statement was made while discussing Arizona's new anti-immigration law on G. Gordon Liddy's radio show.  The reference to Gates was only intended to support King's position that, as he has argued in the past, the president's criticism of the Arizona measure is racially motivated. 

Regardless, King returned to the House floor last night and left little room for argument.  In his speech, the Iowa congressman repeated his assertion that Obama has a "default mechanism" that makes him side against whites. 

"This administration," he went on to say, "defaults in favor of whichever minority they think will be the one that will most likely support their party and their agenda."


KING: Well, it's obvious to all of us who watched this that have read the law that the president spoke about Arizona's law, had not read it.  If he was briefed, it was off of the website.  But he's surrounded by people who read those websites who believe them — and I'm not sure the president has access to the objective truth, given the people around him and given the way he's responded.  And so you have two cases where the president's default reaction falls in the favor of an individual because of skin color as opposed to individuals because of the rule of law — or let me just say truth, justice, and the American way.  There's a default mechanism in place.


This is all part of the character and makeup of this administration — this administration who plays the race card, this administration who defaults in favor of whichever minority they think might be the one that would most likely support their political party and their agenda. 

King's meaning is crystal clear.  By doubling down on the argument that Obama has a "default mechanism," the congressman is plainly stating that the president inherently favors one race over another — that he is a racist — no matter the context.