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06/14/2010 10:14 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Anti-gay Congressman attacks Obama for showing 'partiality' to African-Americans

Congressman Steve King (R-Iowa) has a history of making ridiculous comments but today"s attack on President Obama takes the cake:

During an appearance on G. Gordon Liddy's radio show this morning to discuss Arizona's immigration law, King suggested President Barack Obama was a racist and "favors the black person" while carrying out his presidential duties.

. . . "When you look at this administration, I'm offended by Eric Holder and the president also, their posture. It looks like Eric Holder said that white people in America are cowards when it comes to race," said King. "And I don't know what the basis of that is but I'm not a coward when it comes to that and I'm happy to talk about these things and I think we should."

King added: "But the president has demonstrated that he has a default mechanism in him that breaks down the side of race - on the side that favors the black person."

I'm pretty sure Fox News, particularly John Stossel, will bend over backwards to defend or trivialize the absolute offensiveness of King's remarks.

But his comments are significant not only because of their inanity but especially when one takes into account that King isn't exactly a friend of the lgbt community.

For one thing, he has no problem in associating with anti-gay hate groups such as Mass Resistance in Massachusetts.

For another thing, it was his office which sent President Obama a letter asking for the dismissal of  Education Dept. appointee Kevin Jennings partly on the grounds that Jennings facilitated the sexual abuse of an underaged teen.

This letter was sent out even after King's office was informed that the charge was bogus.

It's something for the lgbt and African-American communities to remember the next time the silly argument of is "gay rights the same as African-American civil rights" comes up.

While this argument festers resentment, people like Rep. King are putting both communities in the same boat and drilling holes in its bottom.

Perhaps it would best serve both the lgbt and African-Americans communities to stop squabbling over  symbolic positions and instead recognize their common enemies . . or learn how to tread deep waters.