Dream Act Legislation · Rep. Steve King

One Congressman’s Very Awkward Confrontation With DREAMers: ‘You Are Very Good At English’

Undocumented activist Erika Andiola (left) confronts Rep. Steve King (R-IA) | CREDIT: DRM ACTION COALITION

Think Progress

During an awkward confrontation Monday, two undocumented activists approached Rep. Steve King (R-IA) and Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) in a restaurant in Okoboji, Iowa, to tell them that they are undocumented. After shaking hands, undocumented activists Erika Andiola and Cesar Vargas told King that they did not want him to kill an executive action that grants temporary legal presence to DREAMers, a colloquial term used to describe some undocumented immigrants illegally brought to the country as children, like themselves.

Andiola asked King to rip up her employment authorization card, a work authorization document issued after she had been approved for a presidential initiative known as the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. But King refused and instead said that their families were not abiding by the laws of the country. When she charged that he had said that undocumented immigrants like her have “cantaloupe calves,” alluding to a characterization he had made on the House floor last year, he said, “You can understand the English language.”

ANDIOLA: I’m actually a DREAMer. I’m originally from Mexico, but I was raised here. I graduated from Arizona State University. I know you want to get rid of DACA. And I wanted to give you the opportunity, if you really want to get rid of DACA, just rip mine. You can go ahead and do that. You take my DACA, you will literally take away everything.

KING: This is not what I do. […] I don’t call you names–

ANDIOLA: I mean, cantaloupe calves?

KING: That’s drug smugglers. You’re very good at English. [Grabs Andiola’s arm] You know what I’m saying. So you can understand the English language. You’re saying something that’s not true. I spoke of drug smugglers… Your ears work too, I was speaking of drug smugglers only.

ANDIOLA: You’re the one who’s trying to get rid of DACA.

KING: And you heard why. I told you why. The president has no constitutional authority to do what he has done.

ANDIOLA: Yes he does. [She turns to Vargas] He’s actually an attorney, he’s a DREAMer. He graduated from law school.

KING: Oh and that makes you an authority. […] You keep your card. I don’t do individual policy. I do national policy for everyone. It troubles me a great deal that you have such disrespect for the laws of the United States of America. You’re telling me that you don’t have to abide by the laws.”

 

For his part, Paul — still masticating on a hamburger — assessed the situation early on and left the table with his aide Sergio Gor. Gor later told the National Journal, “Senator Paul had a media avail after the event and that’s where we had to be. CNN, Buzzfeed, Wall Street Journal and several local outlets attended the media avail.”

In the nearly eight minute clip provided by the advocacy group DRM Action Coalition, King went on to accuse Andiola and Vargas for “not abiding by our laws.” Even after Vargas explained that he wanted to serve in the military and that there wasn’t a system for him to be able to become legal, King kept pushing the claim that President Obama had violated constitutional law and eroded the rule of law. King said, “I don’t want to build a country with people who disrespect the law.” When Andiola explained that her mother had escaped domestic violence, King egged her on saying, “she’s illegally in the United States.” Deep in their uncomfortable argument, a man shouted “Go home! Take care of your own.”

Andiola’s confrontation is not the first, and it is not likely to be the last. Late last year, two teenagers approached House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) in a Washington, D.C.-area diner to ask him to stop deportations. Another time, former- House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) brushed off a young girl who asked him to help her undocumented father. Activists have also held candlelight vigils at Boehner’s home and have been arrested for holding civil disobedience sit-ins in House Republican offices.

Before they left for August recess, House Republicans voted through two measures that would gut legal protections for DREAMers and unaccompanied Latin American children who are coming across the southern border. They have approved measures in the past that would make it easier to bring civil lawsuits against the executive branch for failing to execute federal law and requiring the attorney general to explain the constitutionality of all enforcement decisions made by federal agencies. The Senate will likely not take up any of these bills and the President has already promised to veto the measures.

Rep. Steve King

Dumb And Dumber Headed To Texas Border

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I couldn’t resist posting this article.  The headline had me at “Dumb and Dumber…”  So apropos for these two.

Liberaland

U.S. Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) said on Friday that he is heading to the Texas-Mexico border this weekend to assess the current immigration crisis, and he will be joined by Michele Bachmann (R-Minn).

They will visit the areas of Brownsville, McAllen and Laredo, meeting with the Border Patrol and local officials. King has been a critic of  immigration reform and has called for toughening border security, according to KCCI.

His jaw dropping statements such as immigrants weighing “130 pounds and they’ve got calves the size of cantaloupes because they’re hauling 75 pounds of marijuana across the desert,” will only add to the problem.

Stuff King shouldn’t say again while visiting our Southern Border:

“We could also electrify this wire (on the border) with the kind of current that would not kill somebody, but it would simply be a discouragement for them to be fooling around with it. We do that with livestock all the time.”

King comparing immigration laws to picking a dog: “You put out a beacon like the Statue of Liberty and who comes here? The most vigorous from every country that has donated legal immigrants to America. The cream of the crop. We’ve always had bird dogs around our place. In our family there’s a black lab and white lab, a yellow lab, and my brother has a chocolate lab. Well, you go in and you look at a litter of pups, and you watch them. You watch how they play — they run around a little bit — and what do you want? You want a good bird dog, and you want one that’s gonna be aggressive? Pick the one that’s the friskiest, the one that’s in games the most — not the one that’s over there sleeping in the corner. You want a pet to sit on the couch, pick the one that’s sleeping in the corner. That’s — so, you get the pick of the litter, you got yourself a pretty good bird dog. We got the pick of every donor civilization on the planet because it’s hard to get here; you had to be inspired to come. We got the vigor from the planet to come to America. Whichever generation it was, and then we taught our children that same thing.”

King on the United States’ official language, “One of the great things about America is we’ve been unified by a common language. That common language, of course, is English. Our language is getting subdivided by some forces of the federal government. It is time to speak with a common voice. The argument that diversity is our strength has really never been backed up by logic. It’s unity is where our strength is. Our Founding Fathers understood that. Modern-day multiculturalists are defying that.”

“When we give the welfare state, then people won’t be able to come out of it. It’s the biggest trap that people can have,” Michele Bachmann said in 2011.

Both politicians are “pro-life” Christians. It will be interesting to see how the two will reject children who are fleeing violence and still be OK with GOP Jesus.

Now read this:

Rep. Steve King

Steve King Not-So-Subtly Implies Susan Rice Works for al Qaeda

I know, it’s batshit crazy Rep. Steve King so why be surprised?   If we keep dismissing this idiot he just gets worse.  This is totally unacceptable and I for one will contact his office to tell him as much.

Mediaite

On Wednesday morning, an elected U.S. congressman not-so-subtly suggested that United States National Security Advisor Susan Rice is working for al Qaeda.

If you had one guess as to who that congressman is (and you didn’t read the headline), who would you assume?   Yep. Steve King, the lovable Republican from Iowa.

In a nice li’l tweet, King railed against the incredibly controversial swap of five Gitmo prisoners for Sgt.Bowe Bergdahl, an American soldier kept prisoner-of-war by a Taliban-aligned group in Afghanistan for the past five years. Upon his return, details have emerged that seemingly indicate Bergdahl defected from his troop before his capture, while the official narrative has always been that he was “taken in battle.”

Since NSA advisor Rice reiterated that talking point this past Sunday, Rep. King thinks that means she is literally working for the enemy:

Immigration · Rep. Steve King

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.

Mediaite

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:

Immigration Debate · Rep. Steve King

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

Mediaite

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:

Obama Derangement Syndrome · Obama Family · Rep. Steve King

Rep. Steve King (R-IA) Attacks Sasha And Malia Obama

Why are some GOP Congressmen and Senators such cowards?

Think Progress

This week, Breitbart News broke a long-standing security protocol and published a story detailing the precise location where President Obama’s daughters are vacationing this week. On Wednesday, Rep. Steve King (R-IA) used the report to attack the First Daughters for taking a vacation.

King’s comments came during an appearance on Mickelson in the Morning, an Iowa-based radio show. A caller, Carla, brought up sequestration and proceeded to criticize the Michelle Obama and her daughters for taking a vacation in the Bahamas. King agreed — “Carla, you’re on point and on the mark all the way through” — before criticizing them for also taking a vacation last year in Mexico. “That was at our expense, too,” King bemoaned.

CALLER: When I see the First Lady and the beautiful girls going off to the Bahamas waving goodbye to us, it’s really hard to stomach. When we’re tightening our belts, either all of us should do it or none of us should do it. This, I am pretty tolerant, I always have been, I usually shut my mouth. This is not acceptable.

KING: Carla, you’re on point and on the mark all the way through. […] You’re right on the president. He needs to show some austerity himself. Instead he wanted to tell America how bad it was going to be. […] We’ve got the president doing these things. He sent the daughters to spring break in Mexico a year ago. That was at our expense, too. And now to the Bahamas at one of the most expensive places there. That is the wrong image to be coming out of the White House.

Listen to it:

This notion that the Obamas are living a life of excess is beginning to take hold among conservative members of Congress. At the CPAC conference earlier this month, Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) smeared Obama for enjoying “the perks and the excess of the $1.4 billion presidency,” a charge that “fail[s] on the facts in simple fairness,” according to CNN.

King is strongly considering running for Iowa’s open Senate seat in 2014. His potential candidacy is already causing consternation among establishment Republicans who worry that he will be a Todd Akin-redux, appealing only to far-right conservatives and turning off everyone else.

Rep. Steve King · Soledad O’Brien

GOP Congressman Blows Up At CNN Host: ‘I Don’t Care What Fact Check Says,’ Obama Apologizes For America!

Rep. Peter King (R-NY) is yet another loose cannon in Congress.  The man has a history of making volatile and mainly false political statements and this is just one more.  However, King is not the first one to dismiss “Fact Checkers”.  Romney’s camp did the same thing recently.

So, it seems that the GOP fringe wants to either deny or discredit Fact Checkers as a way of allowing their lies to continue without scrutiny.  Apparently they can’t see  that the American people are NOT as dumb as they assume we are.

What the heck are these people smoking?

Think Progress

During an appearance on CNN’s Starting Point on Monday, Rep. Peter King (R-NY) could not explain when President Obama “apologized” for the United States, despite repeatedly claiming that he went on an “apology tour” across the Middle East shortly after becoming president.

Since violence broke out across the region, Republicans have charged that Obama’s “defeatist” policies have caused the unrest and contributed to the death of Libyan ambassador Christopher Stevens. But pressed to detail where Obama has apologized for America by CNN host Soledad O’Brien, King came up short:

O’BRIEN: Never once in that speech, as you know, which I have the speech right here. that was — he never once used the word “apology.” He never once said “I’m sorry.”

KING: Didn’t have to. The logical — any logical reading of that speech or the speech he gave in France where he basically said that the United States can be too aggressive. […]

O’BRIEN: Everybody keeps talking about this apology tour and apologies from the President. I’m trying to find the words ‘I’m sorry, I apologize’ in any of those speeches. Which I have the text of all those speeches in front of me. None of those speeches at all, if you go to factcheck.org which we check in a lot, they all say the same thing. They fact check this and they say this whole theory of apologies…

KING: I don’t care what fact check says.

O’BRIEN: There are fact checks. You may not care, but they’re a fact checker.

KING: No. Soledad. Any commonsense interpretation of those speeches, the president’s apologizing for the American position. That’s the apology tour. That’s the way it’s interpreted in the Middle East. If I go over and say that the U.S. has violated its principles, that the United States has not shown respect for Islam, that’s an apology. How else can it be interpreted?

O’BRIEN: I think plenty of people are interpreting it as a nuanced approach to diplomacy is how some people are interpreting it. So I don’t think that everybody agrees it’s apology.

Watch it:

As the Washington Post put it, “the apology tour never happened.” Rather, shortly after becoming president, Obama traveled to the world introducing himself and differentiating his foreign policy from that of President Bush. “This is typical of many new presidents,” including Bush himself, who “quickly broke with Clinton administration policy on dealings with North Korea, the Kyoto climate change treaty and the international criminal court.”

The manufactured attack, which Republicans kicked off in 2009, “feeds into a subterranean narrative that Obama, with his exotic, mixed-race background, is not really American in the first place.”

Mitt Romney · Rep. Steve King

Meet Rep. Steve King, Romney’s New ‘Partner’ In Congress

 

Talk about “bat crap crazy”, Steve King and Michele Bachmann are neck and neck for the championship of “craziest Congressman ever!”

Now, imagine King partnering with Mitt Romney on important issues.   To me, it’s unfathomable.

Think Progress – 9-7-12

Today, Mitt Romney enthusiastically endorsed Rep. Steve King (R-IA), saying “he needs to be your Congressman again. I want him as my partner in Washington!” If Romney were elected, then, he’d be partnering on legislation with one of the most radical members of Congress:

1. King is the leading defender of dog-fighting and animal torture in the United States. King recently suggested “there was something wrong” with the priorities of people who wanted to criminalize dogfighting while boxing was legal. When challenged on that assertion, King went on a bizarre diatribe about how the kidnapping, rape, and forced abortion of an underage girl wouldn’t be illegal under current law. King’s prodogfighting statements are consistent with a long legislative record of defending the inhumane practice as well as his recent sponsorship of legislation that would enable the torture of animals on farmswhile critically weakening food safety standards.

2. King compares immigrants to dogs, proposes keeping them out with electrified fence. Describing immigrants as birddogs, King said that we should only take “frisker” people, “not the one that’s over there sleeping on the corner.” This makes his remedy for illegal immigration, an electric fence, unsurprising, which he justified by saying “we do this with livestock all the time.” He also thinks that multicultural groups are about self-pity and that immigrants who “love taxes” aren’t real Americans.

3. King believes states can ban birth control and that contraception may destroy America. King, who adheres to a revisionist interpretation of the 10th Amendment, disagrees with well-established Supreme Court precedent guaranteeing a woman’s right to control her own body. This may be because King thinks that access to birth control may “let our birth rate get down below replacement rate we’re a dying civilization. Hypocritically, King has proposedthat it is unconstitutional for states to ban foie gras. King, like Todd Akin, has “never heard of” a rape-induced pregnancy.

4. King tends birther. King personally searched for and discovered Obama’ birth announcement in Hawaii newspapers, he remains unconvinced that Obama was born inside the United States, positing the notion that “they might’ve announced that by telegram from Kenya.”

5. King sympathized with a terrorist and secessionism. After being informed of an attempted right-wing suicide attack on an IRS building, King expressedempathy with the terrorist’s motives, saying “It’s sad the incident in Texas happened, but by the same token, it’s an agency that is unnecessary and when the day comes when that is over and we abolish the IRS, it’s going to be a happy day for America.” Further, after the passage of the health care law, Kingintimated that parts of the country may need to secede from the Union,claiming that “we wouldn’t have to do that” if his audience could beat “the other side” to a pulp and chase them down.

And there’s much, much more where that came from.

 

Rep. Steve King

Steve King: Multicultural Groups Are ‘People That Feel Sorry For Themselves’

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I have a headache…

Think Progress

At a recent town hall, Rep. Steve King (R-IA) explained his concern over discovering that Iowa State University has multicultural groups. King characterized minority students as people “who feel sorry for themselves,” and worried about impressionable students being “brought into a group that have a grievance against society.” King said:

I went to the Iowa State website and […] I typed in “multicultural” and it came back to me, at the time, 59 different multicultural groups listed to operate on campus at Iowa State. It started with Asians and it ended with Zeitgeist, so from A to Z, and most of them were victims’ groups, victimology, people that feel sorry for themselves and they’re out there recruiting our young people to be part of the group that feels sorry for themselves. […]

And then, you’re brought into a group of people that are–have a grievance against society rather than understand there’s a tremendous blessing in this society.

Watch the video from CREDO Action:

King has a long history of controversial remarks. The Iowa congressman has compared immigrants to dogs, sponsored legislation that designates English as the national language, and wanted to sue the government to deport children. Yesterday, he came to Rep Todd Akin’s (R-MO) defense over his “legitimate rape” comments.

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Rep. Steve King: I’ve Never Heard Of A Girl Getting Pregnant From Statutory Rape Or Incest

Rep. Steve King: I’ve Never Heard Of A Girl Getting Pregnant From Statutory Rape Or Incest

I always knew Rep. Steve King  was a loose cannon and part of the far right fringe in Congress, but is this statement worse than Rep. Todd Akins?

Is the guy just looking for publicity?  Are they trying to sabotage the Romney nomination next at the Republican National Convention?  Or is he just stupid?  What the heck is going on?

TPM2012

Rep. Steve King, one of the most staunchly conservative members of the House, was one of the few Republicans who did not strongly condemn Rep. Todd Akin Monday for his remarks regarding pregnancy and rape. King also signaled why — he might agree with parts of Akin’s assertion.

King told an Iowa reporter he’s never heard of a child getting pregnant from statutory rape or incest.

“Well I just haven’t heard of that being a circumstance that’s been brought to me in any personal way,” King told KMEG-TV Monday, “and I’d be open to discussion about that subject matter.”

A Democratic source flagged King’s praise of Akin in the KMEG interview to TPM. But potentially more controversial for King is his suggestion that pregnancies from statutory rape or incest don’t exist or happen rarely. A 1996 review by the Guttmacher Institute found “at least half of all babies born to minor women are fathered by adult men.”

The tie between statutory rape and teen pregnancy has been the subject of ad campaigns from groups like United Way.

H.R. 3, the bill co-sponsored by King, Akin and Paul Ryan in 2011, originally called for an exemption in the federal ban on abortion funding only in the case of “forcible rape.” That language was dropped after pressure from women’s advocates and Democrats. At the time, the Republican sponsors of the legislation weren’t too interested in discussing their reasoning for the wording.

King’s comments offer a window into the thinking behind the language, as well as the general belief in the different categories of rape that provoked Akin’s recent controversial comments about “legitimate rape” and the factually wrong idea that a woman’s body can prevent a pregnancy from rape.

In the KMEG interview, King defended Akin as “a strong Christian man, with a wonderful family” and appeared to push back on those calling for Akin to drop out of the Missouri Senate race.

“I think this election should be about: How did Todd Akin vote and what did he vote for and what did he stand for?” King said. “In this case, I’m seeing the same thing, petty, personal attacks substituting for strong policy.”

Video of King’s statement…