Steve King: Socrates and Plato have my back
When we last checked in on GOP Rep. Steve King, he was valiantly making the case that Obama has a "default mechanism" that leads him to favor the "black person." This, naturally, resulted in a bit of criticism.
Now King has rolled out a new response to critics in an interview with Laura Ingraham. It's very hard to know what to make of it.
King contends that Socrates and Plato would have scoffed at his critics, which is bizarre enough on its own. Weirder, though, is that King insists his critics have distorted his remarks -- literally seconds after reaffirming that this is in fact exactly what he believes about Obama!
Let's roll the tape. King says he was taken out of context:
KING: Media Matters put a period in the middle of my sentence and struck everything else that I said, and wrote a story of what they wished I would have said. And a lot of liberal blogs and news people across the country picked that up because it's what they wanted to hear.
And I would say the professional hyperventilators from the left went to work. And of all the media that's come out on that, not even a leftist liberal has made an argument against what I said. They just use it as an excuse to call names...I think Socrates and Plato would have laughed themselves silly thinking these people are leading the thought in America.
Yet just seconds earlier, King reaffirmed exactly the claim critics are accusing him of:
INGRAHAM: Do you have any regrets about your comments that you made on Gordon Liddy's show about the president caring more about black people than other people, are you stepping back from those comments at all?
KING: Not at all, Laura.
How do you argue with this kind of, er, reasoning? I venture that it would have even confounded the Socratic method.
June 21, 2010; 4:21 PM ET
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