Rep. Steve King (R-IA), who used to be a prominent birther conspiracy peddler, said former President Barack Obama was partially to blame for the attempted assassination of several GOP lawmakers during the Republican congressional baseball practice.
I do want to put some of this at the feet of Barack Obama,
King said on a local radio station in his home state.
King Accuses Obama of Encouraging Division
King accused Obama of dividing U.S politics by focusing more on the differences than on the things that unify the country. The congressman thinks the shooting that sent the GOP House Whip Steve Scalise to the hospital is one of “the fruits” of Obama’s efforts. Scalise is still in critical condition.
Ironically, King talks about division when he also had a divisive rhetoric over the years. For example, in 2012, he accused Obama’s parents of lying in the U.S. media about the former president’s birth “by telegram from Kenya.” The “birther” conspiracy theory states that Obama was born in Kenya, not in the United States. Therefore, his presidency was illegitimate.
King’s Other Controversial Remarks
In 2013, King made another eyebrow-raising comment, this time about Dreamers, saying that for every Dreamer that graduates college with great distinction, there’s another 100 Dreamers “that weigh 130 pounds and they’ve got calves the size of cantaloupes because they’re hauling 75 pounds of marijuana across the desert.” His remark prompted the then-House Speaker John Boehner to call him an “asshole.”
A year later, King said America’s first black president didn’t grow up with “an American experience.” Last year, the Iowa representative challenged a group of MSNBC pundits to name a group of people that helped the Western civilization more than white people did.
This year, King’s controversial tweet stating that America cannot restore civilization with Muslim babies made the headlines again.
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