Iowa Republican Rep. Steve King, known for his racially tinged comments, attempted to link former President Barack Obama to the attack on Republican lawmakers and staff at a baseball field in Alexandria, Virginia.
The Iowa Republican argued that Obama deepened the political divisions in the country by focusing on “differences rather than our things that unify us.”
Those political divisions, according to King, are what motivated a gunman to open fire on Republican members of Congress as they were practicing for a charity baseball game against their Democratic colleagues.
“I do want to put some of this at the feet of Barack Obama,” King said on WHO radio in Iowa. “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.”
“Our whole society and culture has to come together on this,” King added. “And those are just not platitudes on my part. I’m saying we’ve got leaders out there that can help pull us together but in the end it traces back to our families, to our fathers, to our mothers, to good examples, to the right things being said around the kitchen table, in the living room, in church and in school. And if the culture is gonna be divided, it’s been divided core back to there.”
Earlier this year, King came under considerable fire for making what most considered to be racist claims by calling on white westerners to keep their birth rates up, and telling them that they “cannot rebuild your civilization with somebody else’s babies.”
“You cannot rebuild your civilization with somebody else’s babies. You’ve got to keep your birth rate up, and that you need to teach your children your values. In doing so, you can grow your population, you can strengthen your culture, and you can strengthen your way of life,” King said.
Listen to the interview via CNN’s K-File below: