Rep. Steve King (R-IA) may have been disinvited from two political events this weekend in Colorado, after he made inflammatory remarks about President Obama. But he’s still going to Colorado, and will speak at a different venue with none other than former Colorado Congressman Tom Tancredo.
The Coloradoan reports that King will be appearing this Saturday at an event for a group called the 9-12 Project Liberty Circle, also featuring Tancredo, a longtime proponent of strict limits on legal immigration as well as cracking down on illegal immigration. The rally’s subject is entitled, “United We Stand With Arizona,” referring to Arizona’s anti-illegal immigration law.
King said earlier this week that Obama has a “default” mechanism that “favors the black person” in an argument. Following this, he was disinvited from a fundraiser for Colorado GOP House candidate Cory Gardner, and a speech at an event for the Northern Colorado Tea Party was also canceled. Yes, that’s right — Steve King actually managed to say something so nasty about Obama that a Tea Party group has disassociated itself from him.King has stood by his remarks, saying that “I think the American people need to have this debate about what appears to me to be an inclination on the part of the White House and the Justice Department and perhaps others within the administration to break on the side of favoritism with regard to race.”
Also, he fired back at Gardner and Northern Colorado Tea Party organizer Lesley Hollywood. “I have spoken with her and Cory Gardner both, and neither one of them disagreed with what I said or the position I have taken,” he told the Coloradoan, also adding: “I pointed out to them that I’m coming to Colorado, that’s in my schedule and they’ll have to figure it out from there.”
The Gardner campaign strongly denied that King’s statement reflected Gardner’s views, and the paper could not immediately reach Lesley Hollywood for comment.