King said Jackson, whom he called a “low-life” was being praised by the media and the coverage of his death trumps the efforts of teacher, police officers, fire fighters and veterans. He added, the “day in and day out” reports of his death is “too politically incorrect.” All of his statements were taped and uploaded to youtube.com, reports Fox News.
“Let’s knock out the psychobabble,” King said in the video taped outside an American Legion Hall on New York’s Long Island. “He was a pervert, a child molester; he was a pedophile. And to be giving this much coverage to him, day in and day out, what does it say about us as a country? I just think we’re too politically correct.”
The republican congressman went on to say that Jackson “may have been a good singer” and “did some dancing” but degraded the singer to someone who could not be trusted in the presence of children.
“There’s nothing good to say about this guy,” King continued. “But the bottom line is, would you let your child or grandchild be in the same room as Michael Jackson?”
In a telephone interview with the Associated Press, King backed his statements saying Jackson “admitted to sleeping with young boys, traveling with young boys … That’s the definition of pedophilia.”
King said that he decided to record the video commentary after speaking with a number of city and state constituents over the fourth of July weekend.
“A number of them were mentioning to me, ‘When’s this stuff with Michael Jackson going to end?” King said. “It’s just too much.”
An attorney for Jermaine Jackson, Michael’s older brother, called King’s comments “highly inflammatory” and defamatory.
“Michael Jackson was found not guilty and to state with such vehement affirmation that he was something that he was not is a reflection of the congressman’s lack of respect for the rule of law, which ironically he was elected to uphold,” attorney Vicki Roberts said.
Stacy Brown, co-author of “Michael Jackson: The Man Behind the Mask,” said King’s comments were “irresponsible and insensitive” despite the fact he too thought Jackson had molested children.
“I’m not surprised that someone would feel that way,” Brown siad. “I’m surprised that you would get a public official to say that. Let’s face it, I’m not one to believe that Michael was innocent of molesting children, but he was never convicted. If he was convicted of those crimes, then hey, I’d have to agree with him.”
“He lost a lot of his adult audience, people who grew weary of the weirdness,” Brown said. “But he reached far and wide and was able to sell 750,000 tickets for this comeback tour. Americans particularly and the world in general loves a comeback story.”
Brown continued, “There was no one else like Michael Jackson. He was Elvis, the Rolling Stones, Sinatra and the Bealtes all rolled into one.”