Steve King's very long Communist enemies list

Iowa Republican tells CPAC audience they have all sorts of philosophies to worry about

Published February 19, 2010 6:10PM (EST)

Were Joe McCarthy and Richard Nixon still alive, they might have to be jealous of Rep. Steve King's ability to put together an enemies list. The Iowa Republican, who spoke at the Conservative Political Action Conference Friday, certainly put together a comprehensive tally of villains for his speech.

Quoting Sun Tzu's exhortation to "know thine enemy," King said, "I want to define that enemy. They are liberals, they are progressives, they are Che Guevarians, they are Castroites, they're Socialists. More enemies on this list: Gramscites -- ring anybody's bell? -- Trotskyites, Maoists, Stalinists, Leninists, Marxists." He went on to list a final enemy, Democratic Socialists, saying that President Obama is one.

This sort of stuff is classic King; I interviewed him a couple years ago and came away with the realization that he's pretty much pure knee-jerk ideology, and there's not much intellectual power behind it.

Video below, with a hat-tip to Right Wing Watch.

By Alex Koppelman

Alex Koppelman is a staff writer for Salon.

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