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Steve King Raises his Own Bar for Hate Speech

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On a day when the House GOP was to be congratulated for having a productive hearing on the legalization of DREAMers along come Steve King (R-Nutjobistan) to totally change the conversation and continue to inflict more damage on his party's image with Latino voters than perhaps any other politician in the country.

King told right wing media outlet Newsmax:

“There are kids that were brought into this country by their parents unknowing they were breaking the law. And they will say to me and others who defend the rule of law, ‘We have to do something about the 11 million. Some of them are valedictorians.’ Well, my answer to that is…it’s true in some cases, but they aren’t all valedictorians. They weren’t all brought in by their parents. For every one who’s a valedictorian, there’s another 100 out there who weigh 130 pounds and they’ve got calves the size of cantaloupes because they’re hauling 75 pounds of marijuana across the desert. Those people would be legalized with the same act.”

In short, according, to King 99% of potential DREAM Act recipients are drug smugglers.

It seemed like King couldn't go so far in his outrageous rhetoric to actually be called out by GOP leaders. But this time he appears to be worrying some of the top brass.

Here are some of the reactions. From FoxNews.com (itself a bad sign for King):

Republican House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, who is working on legislation to offer a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants who were brought to the U.S. as children, called King's comments inexcusable.

House Speaker John Boehner called them "hateful."

"What he said is wrong," Boehner said. "There can be honest disagreements about policy without using hateful language."


King must be worried since the article on Fox ends with "Calls to King’s office for comment were not immediately returned." Has King ever refused to talk to Fox News? He did initially double down by repeating his assertions on an Iowa radio show, but it's not clear if he's now hunkering down.
I'm betting King will apologize for the first time. If not, expect to hear calls for the GOP to sanction him.

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  1. George Chell's Avatar
    To Tancredo should support the Dreamers. After all he is supporting the legalization of marijuana!!
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