Asshole: Rep. Steve King (Iowa)
Iowa Representative Steve King has a hard-on for immigrant kids (yes, I want it to sound as bad as possible). Many people wonder why King hates the DREAM act so much, and why he wants to punish children brought into the US by their parents. Fortunately, King isn’t shy, he’s just an idiotic racist. The Gentleman from Iowa has the floor:
“Some of them are valedictorians, and their parents brought them in…It wasn’t their fault. It’s true in some cases, but 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 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.” – Newsweek
Fact check: there are relatively few valedictorians (there can only be one per school) compared to drug users/runners – so even if this moronic stat was true, it would be the same for white kids too. What King really means is that most immigrants aren’t smart kids who will go on to help society, but instead mostly drug mules with mutant calves. And of course, there’s no way King can support a bill that helps millions of kids, because it will help “those people” too.
Major Republicans will condemn King’s words, but there’s no denying that xenophobic racism is the fundamental basis for their hatred of immigration reform — besides the fact that Obama wants it. So much for GOP outreach to the Hispanic community.
Read: King: For Every Valedictorian DREAMer, 100 Are ‘Hauling 75 Pounds Of Marijuana’ | TPM LiveWire.