Rep. Steve King Compares Illegal Immigrants to ‘a Cockroach’
June 21, 2010
(ChattahBox)—Rep. Steve King the extreme right-wing lawmaker from Iowa, who spends his days spewing incendiary rhetoric and advancing wild conspiracy theories, has just returned from a Colorado tea party tour, accompanied by bigoted nativist Tom Tancredo. And on the heels of attacking President Obama, as having “a default mechanism in him” which “favors the black person,” King continued with his history of offensive remarks. He compared undocumented immigrants to cockroaches, promoted a conspiracy theory that Obama was bringing Muslims into the U.S. and made a crack about deporting liberals.
King traveled to Colorado to speak at a tea party rally in support of Arizona’s harsh anti-immigration law, after he was uninvited to speak before the Northern Colorado Tea Party and dropped from a fundraiser for Republican congressional candidate Cory Gardner. After his race-baiting remarks attacking Obama as a racist against white people, he became somewhat of a pariah, but not for long. The 9-12 Project Liberty Circle stepped in and invited King to speak at its “United We Stand with Arizona!” rally along with former Congressman Tom Tancredo.
During his hateful remarks, King stood next to a sign reading “Political Correctness = Intellectual Fascism,” while he bragged about building a concrete border fence that would ensure “not [even] a cockroach” could get across. And that was just the beginning of his odious comments, according to Think Progress:
After King claimed Obama misinformed Americans about SB 1070 he decided that liberals should be deported if a path for citizenship was adopted:
“Every time we give amnesty for an illegal alien, we deport a liberal,” said King.
King was asked by an attendee whether Obama had a plan to bring more Muslims into the country and he responded by promoting the nonsensical conspiracy theory:
QUESTION: “I keep reading that Obama keeps bringing small quantities of Muslims into this country. Why can’t Congress stop that?”
KING: “You know, I don’t know what the basis is of that. I wouldn’t be surprised that that is the real factual basis. I know that the immigration that we have going on, there are a number of different ways that people come into the country. Family reunification is one of them. … I appreciate you making the point. I will try to watch it.”