Friday, July 26, 2013

Republican Jackass of the Week

Iowa Congressman Steve King.

The guy can't stop putting his foot in his mouth -- and all the way down his throat.

Just last week he referred to legal immigrants coming to the US as dogs, where we should get the "pick of the litter."

Here's the quote: "You put out a beacon like the Statue of Liberty and who comes here?" he asked rhetorically. "You want a good bird dog? One that's going to be aggressive? Pick the one that's the friskiest... not the one that's sleeping over there in the corner. You get pick of the litter and you get a pretty good bird dog."

This week, according to Professor King, the vast majority of kids/young adults born to undocumented Mexican immigrants are unsuccessful in school and are nothing but drug mules.

In a recent interview in which he rejects a pathway to citizenship for those who were brought to the US as small children and know this country as home, he makes the hideous claim that "they aren't all valedictorians. For every one who is a valedictorian, there's another hundred 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."

Iowa Democratic party chairman Scott Brennan responded, "Steve King's comments are offensive, ridiculous, and go against the very values of respect and equality that Iowans hold dear. Yet, while Iowans grow weary of these comments from Steve King, he continues to be the face of the Republican Party and is consistently held up as their conservative standard-bearer. Republicans may try to rebrand themselves, but Steve King shows us their true stripes."

Even Orange Speaker of the House John Boehner (R) stopped sipping his bourbon long enough to call King's comments, "wrong."

"There can be honest disagreements about policy without using hateful language," he said in a statement.

Dogs and mules. That's what people are to Steve King.

We need to add one more animal to the list. A jackass.

Regressive Republican representative Steve King of Iowa, our Republican Jackass of the Week.

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