Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) lectured residents in Ferguson, Mo., to "straighten up and fly right" on Wednesday.
During an interview with the conservative website Newsmax TV, Rep. King claimed that President Obama was making an issue of race in Ferguson, which is where an unarmed black teen was killed by a white police officer last Saturday (video below).
Rep. King said, "What we need is a president who will step up and say, 'Shut down all of that rioting and all of that violence and the looting that is going on in Ferguson, Mo. Square up, straighten up, clean up your community, take care of it and you can trust this administration to see to it that justice is served.'"
On the topic of justice, Rep. King was asked by Newsmax TV whether or not the U.S. Department of Justice should conduct a racial profiling probe in Ferguson.
According to RightWingWatch.org, Rep. King said, "I've seen the video. It looks to me like you don't need to bother with that particular factor because they all appear to be of a single origin, I should say, a continental origin might be the way to phrase that."
"I just reject race-based politics, identity politics," added Rep. King. "I think we're all God's children. We all should be held to the same standards and the same level of behavior."
According to The Los Angeles Times:
Blacks make up 65% of Ferguson's population, yet they accounted for 86% of traffic stops, 93% of arrests after stops and 92% of searches after stops in the city last year, according to a racial profiling report by the Missouri attorney general.