Sioux City, IA -- Matt Campbell, Democratic nominee for U.S. Congress in Iowa’s 5th District has called on Rep. Steve King to apologize for his remarks last week which claimed President Obama "has a default mechanism in him that breaks down the side of race that favors the black person.”
Campbell said that King owes an apology to the President and the people of Iowa.
“King has had time to reflect on his comments, and it’s time he apologized or retracted the statement. He owes an apology to both the President and to Iowa” Campbell said.
Campbell is also concerned with King’s follow-on comments.
“I’m particularly disturbed by King’s follow-on comments this past week to his initial statement. Rather than apologize for suggesting the President and administration acts in a racist manner, he has more stridently made the charge” Campbell said.
“When Steve King makes comments like these, he jeopardizes the important progress the American people have made over decades in civil rights.”
“King's has made clear that he thinks the President and administration acts in a racist manner in instances, and has explicitly made the charge in interviews he’s given since,” Campbell said.”
King justified his remarks by saying he was ‘standing-up’ against racism.
"I'm standing up against something that is or could become racism," King had said.
“It’s important that Iowa’s GOP leadership condemn King’s remarks to protect the important progress we’ve made in America in race relations and equal rights,” Campbell said.