House Immigration Reform Caucus (HIRC) member Rep. Steve King is one of the biggest immigrant bashers in Washington today. King represents Iowa’s 5th district, which is 95% white and has a population of just over half a million. He was elected to Congress in 2003 on an anti-immigration platform.
Since his election seven years ago, King has made a name for himself as one of the most outspoken anti-immigrant Congressmen. He’s a publicist’s worst nightmare as he can’t seem to think before speaking, which leads to ludicrous rants and rave. He was in the news again this week for comments he made about racial profiling and President Barack Obama. With these in mind, Imagine2050 presents the top five reasons why Steve King deserves to be called the biggest bigot in Congress:
No. 5) In May 2006, King wrote a column in which he described a day with undocumented immigrants living in America. He wrote,
“There would be no one to smuggle across our southern border the heroin, marijuana, cocaine, and methamphetamines that plague the United States, reducing the U.S. supply of meth that day by 80%. The lives of 12 U.S. citizens would be saved who otherwise die a violent death at the hands of murderous illegal aliens each day. Another 13 Americans would survive who are otherwise killed each day by uninsured drunk driving illegals. Our hospital emergency rooms would not be flooded with everything from gunshot wounds, to anchor babies, to imported diseases to hangnails, giving American citizens the day off from standing in line behind illegals. Eight American children would not suffer the horror as a victim of a sex crime.”
No. 4) On Monday, June 14, King spoke on the floor of the House about Arizona’s SB 1070. In his speech, King defended racial profiling stating,
“Some claim that the Arizona law will bring about racial discrimination profiling. First let me say, Mr. Speaker, that profiling has always been an important component of legitimate law enforcement. If you can’t profile someone, you can’t use those common-sense indicators that are before your very eyes. Now, I think it’s wrong to use racial profiling for the reasons of discriminating against people, but it’s not wrong to use race or other indicators for the sake of identifying people that are violating the law. …
“It’s just a common-sense thing. Law enforcement needs to use common-sense indicators. Those common-sense indicators are all kinds of things, from what kind of clothes people wear — my suit in my case — what kind of shoes people wear, what kind of accent they have, the type of grooming they might have. There are all kinds of indicators there, and sometimes it’s just a sixth sense and they can’t put their finger on it.”
No. 3) After the devastating Haitian earthquake in January, King argued that the earthquake presented a good opportunity to deport undocumented Haitians living in the United States so they could return home and help in the relief effort. King stated,
“This sounds to me like open borders advocates exercising the Rahm Emanuel axiom: ‘Never let a crisis go to waste.’ Illegal immigrants from Haiti have no reason to fear deportation, but if they are deported, Haiti is in great need of relief workers, and many of them could be a big help to their fellow Haitians.”
This is not the first time the anti-immigrant movement has told black immigrants to go back to their own country.
No. 2) During his speech at the 2010 CPAC Conference in Washington DC, King said that he could “empathize” with the man who crashed into the IRS building in Texas earlier this year. King’s comments didn’t go unnoticed, however, and he was asked to clarify his statements. King did not apologize or retract his previous statement and went even further, stating that he intended to hold a fundraiser to help people “implode” their local IRS office.
No. 1) Just this week, King was documented saying that President Obama favored black people. He stated,
“When you look at this administration, I’m offended by Eric Holder and the President also, their posture. It looks like Eric Holder said that white people in America are cowards when it comes to race. And I don’t know what the basis of that is but I’m not a coward when it comes to that and I’m happy to talk about these things and I think we should. But the President has demonstrated that he has a default mechanism in him that breaks down the side of race — on the side that favors the black person.”
With statements like this, it’s no wonder Steve King is considered to be one of the most politically extreme members of Congress. King’s recent remarks have pushed him so far to the right of the political spectrum that even tea partiers don’t want him at their events. King showed some shred of sanity today when he decided that calling President Obama a racist would be a step too far, but these comments do not make up for his previous statements which make him sound less like a congressman and more like a member of a right-wing hate group.