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Iowa Congressman Steve King speaks Aug. 4, 2014, at the Woodbury County Republican headquarters in Sioux City.

Tim Hynds, Sioux City Journal file

U.S. Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, has weighed in on the recent violent protests in Ferguson, Mo., where an unarmed black teen was shot by police and furor has since followed.

King dismissed the notion of "racial profiling" in the aftermath incidents, since protesters are of "continental origin."

King made the remarks in a phone interview with NewsMax, taking a break from a week filled with town hall meetings in the Iowa 4th congressional district.

"This idea of no racial profiling, 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, you know, origin, I should say, a continental origin, might be the way to phrase that," King said.

King said the situation in Ferguson "was pretty close to anarchy."

President Obama held a midday press conference Thursday and addressed the situation in the St. Louis suburb for the first time. He appealed for "peace and calm" on the streets.

"I know emotions are raw right now in Ferguson, and there are certainly passionate differences about what has happened," Obama said. "But let's remember that we're all part of one American family.

Police on Thursday defended the use of tear gas to repel demonstrators after another night of chaos over the death of 18-year-old Michael Brown, which occurred Saturday.

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