On Saturday, Rep. Steve King (R-IA) gave little-noticed remarks at Sioux City’s West High School during an appearance by Gov. Sarah Palin (R-AK). King went beyond the traditional right-wing talking points — which brand Obama a “Marxist” who adheres to “socialism” — and said that he would turn the United States into a “totalitarian dictatorship.” From a report by the Iowa Independent:
King, known for provocative, partisan remarks, suggested Obama actually could be classified as even more extreme than a socialist. King also said his party is the only one with a legitimate claim on representing freedom as Americans know it.
“When you take a lurch to the left you end up in a totalitarian dictatorship,” King said. “There is no freedom to the left. It’s always to our side of the aisle.”
Sioux City Journal reporter Bret Hayworth also reported that King said, “Obama is ACORN. … When I see Obama, I see ACORN branded on his forehead.” This wasn’t the first time that King fear-mongered about Obama. Speaking in Exira, IA on Aug. 21, King claimed that Obama was anti-American and raised by polygamists and “left wing hard core atheists”:
Obama was not raised with an intentional attitude toward Americanism. … The way to look at the reasons Obama doesn’t place his hand over his heart when the National Anthem is playing, or wear an American flag pin is primarily because he is not willful or spiteful, but because it just doesn’t occur to him because it’s not the way he’s been raised. American patriotism is not imprinted on his mind or in his heart, because he wasn’t raised as an American.
The next day in Spencer, IA, King lauded the “background” of the Bush family, saying that he would be confident “handing over” his baby to them. Watch his comments:
King’s comments are akin to Rep. Michele Bachmann’s (R-MN) recent declaration that Obama is “anti-American,” which generated strong public outcry and media attention. In similar overblown right-wing rhetoric, on Oct. 19, Rep. Robin Hayes (R-NC) told a crowd that “liberals hate real Americans,” and in August, Rep. Randy Kuhl (R-NY) said that liberals wanted “the American public to suffer and to hurt.”
More here on the hate and divisive rhetoric of King.