King's Racist Comments Rear Ugly Head Again

(Both House Speaker John Boehner and Majority Leader Eric Cantor condemned King's latest comments about DREAMers. - promoted by desmoinesdem)

 Representative Steve King (R – IA4) is no stranger to nationwide controversy over his comments towards immigration.  Having compared immigrants as unwanted dogs sleeping in the corner, he has emerged as the far right’s spokesperson for immigration reform talks in Congress.

In an odd attempt to possibly increase the Republican Party’s outreach towards Latino Americans, King appeared on the popular Univisíon program Al Punto last Friday, hosted by the Walter Cronkite-like Jorge Ramos. Ramos quickly asked King about his comments made in 2012 comparing immigrants to dogs, King attempted to cover his tracks, claiming, “I said that speech was about the vigor of legal immigration. It was a very complimentary speech and no I did not do that.”  Ramos quickly came back at King, stating that, “I don’t think many people found that complementary. You know it is not complimentary to compare a group of immigrants to animals.”  King blamed his “mischaracterization” on the left who, according to him, “ they’re [left wing blogs] trying to divide us, instead of letting us be unified people of this country”.  King also went on to claim that he didn’t feel the responsibility of solving the problem of immigrants already in the U.S. without documents, because they broke the “rule of law”. He also professed that undocumented immigrants and the Obama administrating are perpetuating a welfare state and keeping jobless American citizens out of the workforce.

Ramos brought up the amendment that King created to end the Deferred Action for Child Arrivers (DACA) program created by President Obama to end the deportation for undocumented young people who came to the United States as children. King replied that Presidents since 1986 have not followed the immigration laws, and claimed his opposition to DACA came from his love for the rule of law, which is greater than his sympathy in his heart to the plight of undocumented young people.

The subject of the 14th Amendment was also discussed due to King’s desire to not “reward the babies of illegal immigrants with American citizenship”. Ramos asked if he was against the 14th Amendment then, but King answered that he “supported the 14th Amendment and the language and the historical context” of it, but then went on to claim views that directly go against the actual amendment, saying that no other country in the world allows for children of foreign parents born in the US to be citizens.

King didn’t wait long to start another firestorm of controversy. Today, when speaking on the topic of the DREAM Act, which would help undocumented young people who came to the United States as children receive aid to further their education or serve in the military, King quipped, “For everyone who’s a valedictorian, there’s another 100 out there that weigh 130 pounds and they’ve got calves the size of cantaloupes because they’re hauling 75 pounds of marijuana across the desert.” Ignoring the actual hilarity of King’s idea of young people without documents, quotes like these just add fuel to the fire of immigration reform activists.  Ramos came back to the quote, saying that, “There’s no question that the GOP has a huge immigrant problem. If it were only one Republican making comments like that, you could have argued it’s an isolated incident. But when you add that comment to others made by Joe Arpaio, Pete Wilson, Jan Brewer, then it becomes a huge problem for the party as a whole. There’s a perception that the party is not interested in getting the Hispanic vote and does not understand Latinos.” 

With the increasing support for comprehensive immigration reform and the DREAM Act, King’s comments will only add to the national desire and push to replace him in Congress and to finally end his role as a discriminatory far-right spokesperson.

 

Click here to see the Ramos interview in English. 

 

  • he's really hung up

    on this “valedictorian” thing. During his anti-immigration reform speech to a DC rally last week, he argued that “amnesty” means setting aside the rule of law because our hearts feel sorry for valedictorians. Then he added in a mocking tone, they’re apparently all valedictorians if I listen to the other side. It’s around the 10:00 mark in the linked video.  

  • TODAY Show this morning

    A full-blown story exclusively about this latest Kingism with Matt Lauer and Chuck Todd, ran at about 0710 or so.

    We saw a clip of King saying the cantaloupe-calves line followed by a clip of a back and forth between King and some Hispanic TV interviewer. There was the admonishment from Boehner and a clip of a Democratic Rep named Garcia. Ended with some very unflattering commentary by Todd.

    Personally and as a Democrat I love it; King and all the rest of the Republican “Akins/Angles/Bachmanns” just keep on alienating one demographic after another.

  • Taegan Goddard this afternoon

    Quoting him from Breibart:

    “King Stands By Comments on Immigrants

    Rep. Steve King (R-IA) told Breitbart News that he stands by his comments saying that many undocumented workers were criminals — despite condemnation from the House GOP leadership.

    Said King: “You know when people attack you–in this business, when you’re in this business, you know that when people attack you, and they call you names, they’re diverting from the topic matter. You know they’ve lost the debate when they do that. We’ve talked about it for years. Tom Tancredo and I joked about it that that’s the pattern. When people start calling you names, that’s what confirms you’ve won the debate.”

  • Steve King

    For most of my childhood,  I lived near Fort Carson, Colorado.  All of the military children that were born in Germany,  even on an American base,  had dual citizenship.  They had to decide which citizenship to keep when they became adults.  They usually, of course, picked the US citizenship.  I had one friend whose Father, an American Air force guy,  stationed in Germany with his Australian wife,  and his wife went in to labor early and my friend was born in France , on vacation.  When I met her, she was 19 and had of course, decided to keep her American citizenship.  However, she was born with German, French, australian, and American citizenship.  So unless the laws have changed,  there are many countries that give automatic citizenship to the children of their citizens.  

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