Blame Game Continues - Iowa Lawmaker Says Obama Holds Some Responsibility For Shooting

President Obama shares some of the responsibility for Wednesday morning’s shootings at a congressional baseball practice, a Republican congressman declared.

“I do want to put some of this at the feet of Barack Obama,” Iowa Rep. Steve King said during a WHO Radio interview in Des Moines. “He contributed mightily to dividing us. He focused on our differences rather than our things that unify us, and this is some of the fruits of that labor.”

Later on Wednesday, King visited the ballpark where the incident occurred to pray for the victims. He told a reporter for The Washington Post at the scene: “America has been divided, and the center of America is disappearing, and the violence is appearing in the streets, and it’s coming from the left.” The lawmaker tweeted a similar comment, according to The Huffington Post.

The news site alleged that King has a history of “his own hateful rhetoric, especially toward people who are not white, Christian or U.S.-born.” The congressman’s views “contribute to the divide” between liberals and conservatives, HuffPost claimed. In March, King was advocating stricter immigration restrictions when he argued that “we can’t restore our civilization with somebody else’s babies.” Last September, the lawmaker remarked that “cultural suicide by demographic transformation must end.”

King’s far-right ideology on a number of issues often puts him at odds with Democrats. He has even alienated some Republicans, including Minnesota state Rep. Pat Garofalo, who called the congressman a “fake conservative (and a) fake Republican, but an authentic Cro-Magnon.” Evan McMullin of Utah, a right-leaning independent candidate for president last year, tweeted: “Steve King promotes the un-American ideas of white nationalism. Will any Republican congressman condemn his bigotry?”

GOP Rep. David Cicilline of Rhode Island told his Twitter followers: “Steve King is my colleague. (His) tweet is an open endorsement of white nationalism. Shameful.” Democratic strategist Howard Dean, a former Vermont governor and presidential candidate, maintained that “King is a total ignoramus and no one takes him seriously.” HuffPost noted that King has received some words of encouragement, though they were from a dubious source: David Duke, a former Ku Klux Klan leader. “Just in case you were thinking about moving, sanity reigns supreme in Iowa’s 4th congressional district,” Duke tweeted.

King has been unapologetic. He told CNN: “I meant exactly what I said. You cannot rebuild your civilization with somebody else’s babies. You’ve got to keep your birth rate up. … You need to teach your children your values and in doing so, then you can grow your population, and you can strengthen your culture, you can strengthen your way of life.”

Those remarks were “just a flat-out statement of white nationalism,” according to Heidi Beirich of the Southern Poverty Law Center, which tracks hate groups. She explained: “In (King’s) comments on civilization and babies, he sounds no different than your standard white supremacist. … It’s amazing to think that you can get away with that kind of rhetoric today, given the damage that this kind of racism has done over the years. You’d expect it to be widely condemned, including by people of his own party.”

Source: HuffPost
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