Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) leveled a somewhat startling charge against President Barack Obama on Monday, saying the president instinctively "favors the black person."

King made the comments during an appearance on the G. Gordon Liddy radio show.

"When you look at this administration, I'm offended by Eric Holder and the president, also, their posture," King said, as captured by Media Matters.

"It looks like Eric Holder said that white people in America are cowards when it comes to race. And I don't know what the basis of that is, but I'm not a coward when it comes to that, and I'm happy to talk about these things and I think we should. But the president has demonstrated that he has a default mechanism in him that breaks down the side of race — on the side that favors the black person."

King is referring to a speech Holder made last February, in which he argued "in things racial we have always been and continue to be, in too many ways, essentially a nation of cowards."