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Rep. Steve King: Immigrants Mostly ‘Evil’ Marijuana-Smugglers With ‘Calves the Size of Cantaloupes’

So, when confronted by an Hispanic news host last week, Rep. Steve King hemmed and hawed is way through an extremely incredible explanation comparing Hispanics to dogs.  The comment the Telemundo host referred to was made over a year ago.

Now, King appears to be doubling down on his xenophobic and delusional hatred toward everyone that doesn’t look like him or have his financial status.

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When ABC Univision host Jorge Ramos grilled Rep. Steve King (R-IA) for comparing immigrants to dogs in a year-old video this past Sunday, he likely hadn’t seen this clip from an interview King gave just last week to Newsmax. In the far more recent video, King says undocumented immigrants are primarily “130 pounds” with “calves the size of cantaloupes because they’ve been hauling 75 pounds of marijuana across the desert.”

King said he does have “sympathy” for the, in his view, small number of “kids who were brought into this country by their parents, unknowing that they were breaking the law. Of the 11 million undocumented immigrants in the U.S., King admitted, “Some of them are valedictorians—and their parents brought them in. It wasn’t their fault. It’s true in some cases.” But, he added, “they aren’t all valedictorians. They weren’t all brought in by their parents.”

“For everyone who’s a valedictorian, there’s another 100 out there that–they weigh 130 pounds and they’ve got calves the size of cantaloupes because they’re hauling 75 pounds of marijuana across the desert,” King said. “Those people would be legalized with the same act.”

Until those promoting immigration reform can “define the difference between the innocent ones who have deep ties with America and those who have, I’ll say, been undermining our culture and civilization and profiting from criminal acts,” King said, “they should not advocate for amnesty for both good and evil.”

The congressman has not always had so much “sympathy” for those “valedictorian”-style immigrants. Just last month, King tweeted that “20 brazen self-professed illegal aliens” had “invaded” his DC office after a group of recent college grads showed up to ask him why he opposed the DREAM Act.

Watch video below, via Newsmax:

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Rep. Steve King Refuses To Apologize For Comparing Immigrants To Dogs In Heated Univision Interview

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Republican Representative Steve King got into a nasty exchange with ABC Univision hostJorge Ramos over a speech King gave last year in which he suggested America had the “pick of the litter” when it comes to immigrants. King vehemently denied he had made the comparison, and insisted his comments were laudatory of legal immigrants, even as Ramos pressed him to apologize for his “offensive and racist” remarks.

The comments in question were made during a 2012 speech in Pocahontas, Iowa:

“You want a good bird dog? You want one that’s going to be aggressive? Pick the one that’s the friskiest…not the one that’s over there sleeping in the corner…You get the pick of the litter and you got yourself a pretty good bird dog. Well, we’ve got the pick of every donor civilization on the planet.”

Ramos directly confronted King about the comment, and King to immediately interrupted. “That’s a mischaracterization,” King said. “Did you watch the video? People write things on the internet all the time. But did you watch the video, the full video? That speech was about celebrating legal immigration. Anyone that understands the language and the culture knows that if they saw the video.”

For the next minute, the two talked over each other without pause, with King arguing that his comments were intentionally distorted for political gain.

“The speech…has been mischaracterized by people on the left,” he said. “It’s been intentionally and dishonestly done so to drive wedges between people on the basis of race, and I think it’s a sin to do that, Jorge.”

“So from your point of view, you actually did not compare immigrants to dogs?” Ramos asked.

“I said that speech was about the vigor of legal immigration,” King said. “It was a very complimentary speech and no, I did not do that.”

“I don’t think many people found that complementary,” Ramos said. “It is not complimentary to compare a group of people to animals.”

“You know I didn’t do that if you watch the whole video,” King said. “And I would challenge you to run the whole video on Univision. Run the whole video. Listen to the whole speech. Get a sense of what I was talking about rather than what the left wing blogs are doing. They are trying to divide us, instead of let us be unified as one people in this country.”

Watch the full exchange here, via ABC Univision:

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Mitt Romney Demands Right to Stack Univision Audience, Still Can’t Fill Studio

Talk about pandering…shame on Romney.  Remember how he “stacked” the NAACP Convention (during his speech) with African Americans who were in the GOP?

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Mitt Romney clearly going for that all-important Boehner bronzer vote

You can process this information through whatever filter you deem relevant. For me, this seems ominous for the Romney campaign, but I’m wary of getting overly confident. It is the sign of an insecure candidate to demand that they be able to stack the deck of a town hall audience with supporters, yet that is just whatMittens did for his last Univision appearance:

Univision anchor Maria Elena Salinas told Buzzfeed that while both candidates had agreed to distribute their share of tickets mainly to students, Romney’s campaign reneged at the last minute, demanding to bus in activists to fill the seats.

But even with that demand, wouldn’t you know? Mittens had a hard time finding enough Latino-looking supporters to fill out the auditorium:

But after exhausting the few conservative groups on campus, the Romney camp realized there weren’t enough sympathetic students to fill the stands on their night — so they told the network and university that if they weren’t given an exemption to the students-only rule, they might have to “reschedule.”

The organizers relented. One Democrat with ties to the Obama campaign noted that Rudy Fernandez, the university official charged with coordinating the forums, is a member of Romney’s Hispanic steering committee. Fernandez did not respond to BuzzFeed’s questions about whether he gave preferential treatment to Romney’s campaign.

In any case, Romney’s team was allowed to bus in rowdy activists from around southern Florida in order to fill the extra seats at their town hall.

Whew! That was a close one for the Romney campaign. I won’t rub it in that the Obama campaign had no problems with the first Univision arrangement. Maybe it was the few Latino conservatives they could find that precipitated Romney’s need to go orange for the event. The more faces of color, the better, amirite?

Still, Romney worried that he didn’t make the best impression, and demanded that he be able to re-shoot his intro:

When co-anchor Jorge Ramos noted, in Romney’s introduction, that he would only be available for 35 minutes, versus the full hour that President Obama had promised, Romney refused to come onstage until Univision agreed to re-shoot the introduction. ”Our president of news was talking to the Romney campaign and negotiating it,” Salinas told Buzzfeed. “But at that point, you can’t really argue with that. The candidate is there, everyone is in their seats, the show must go on. There’s a limit to how much we can object to it.”

They re-shot the intro, noting the time discrepancy at the end of the broadcast.

President Obama, by contrast, adhered to the original agreement, and threw no hissy fits.

This is hardly the first time a candidate (at any level) has tried to paint him or herself in the best light, trying to finagle the most favorable coverage. What is unusual is that the media isn’t playing along and letting us know about all these behind-the-scenes drama. And when the media isn’t helping you, that’s a very bad sign.

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Republicans Should ‘Shut Up’ On Immigration If They Want To Win Latino Voters, Pollster Says

So, let me get this straight…pollsters are saying that if Republicans don’t mention their collective stance on the immigration issue, Latinos will vote for them.  Are pollsters that dumb to think that Latinos don’t know the general GOP stance on the immigration issue?

The Huffington Post

Republicans could be hurting their general election chances by calling for mass deportations of undocumented immigrants and vowing not to reform the system until the border is secured, a pollster and a Republican strategist said on Tuesday.

“Your grandmother once told you that if you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all,” Gary Segura, a Stanford University professor and the head of the polling firm Latino Decisions, said on a conference call Tuesday. “The truth is that…if Republicans would just shut up, they would do better among Latino voters. I think the drumbeat of negativity really hurts their brand.”

All seven major Republican candidates have called for stronger border enforcement, insisting the southwestern border should be closed off — either with a fence or with more boots on the ground — before any type of legalization can take place. Beyond that, few have offered plans for dealing with the estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants in the United States, other than to say many of them should be deported.

Republican strategist Hector Barajas warned that may be a mistake, especially among Latino voters who generally support some immigration reform.

A majority of Latino voters believe that candidates who call for border security, a vague term that gives little insight into what full “security” would mean, are attempting to delay immigration enforcement, according to a poll released earlier this month by Univision and Latino Decisions.

“Latinos would be fine if you mention ‘let’s secure the border,’ but at the same time they’re wanting to hear the rest of your plan,” Barajas told HuffPost. “This idea that you can just secure the border and we’ll do the rest later is something that has been told year after year, election cycle after election cycle. They want to hear what happens after that.”

At the same time, Segura and Barajas said that Republicans could be seizing an opportunity to gain votes in the Latino community.

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