Rep. Steve King (R-IA) is known for going out of his way to make blatantly offensive and outlandish comments in order to bring attention to himself. Usually, he reserves his most idiotic and reprehensible statement for the immigration debate. However, on occasion, he’ll way in on other issues, possibly in an attempt to show that he is not just hyper-focused on saying insensitive things about Hispanics, but that he has the ability to offend anyone else out there. On Wednesday evening, the Tea Party Congressman decided to weigh in on the Washington Redskins debate and pointed the finger at President Obama in the most stupid way possible.
Obama raids Redskins by weaponizing USPTO. Cancels Redskins logo! Free people will not tolerate a Kim Jong POTUS.
— Steve King (@SteveKingIA) June 18, 2014
Sigh. Yes, Steve, the US Patent and Trademark Office’s ruling on the Redskins’ nickname is directly comparable to the harsh human rights conditions that the people of North Korea suffer under a dictatorial regime. Thee’s hyperbole. There’s exaggeration. Then there’s whatever the heck this tweet from Steve King is. Of course, this is nothing new for King. He’s made a nice little cottage industry out of spouting out unbelievable rhetoric, all in the name of advancing himself and the Tea Party brand. For example, King has made it a point to speak about Hispanics in very derogatory terms. In 2006, when he discussed the need for an electrified border with Mexico, King compared those crossing the border to livestock.
“I also say we need to do a few other things on top of that wall, and one of them being to put a little bit of wire on top here to provide a disincentive for people to climb over the top or put a ladder there. We could also electrify this wire 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.”
In 2012, King compared immigrants to dogs and said the United States should only pick the best dogs.
“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.”
Also in 2012, King railed against diversity and multiculturalism, claiming that English should be the only language spoken in the United States.
“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.”
Last year, there was this infamous quote that drew harsh criticism from Republican leadership.
“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.”
However, even with a large number of Republicans rebuking him for his racist and ignorant comments, King has continued to toss out idiocy on a consistent basis. Worse, he will likely have no problem holding onto his House seat this November. The sad state of affairs in our Congress is that we have a number of genuinely toxic Representatives taking up space, who feel emboldened to insanely offensive things because they feel protected by their specific Congressional district. Generally, the craziest and most extreme members of the House know they can get away with jumping off the deep end because there will be no electoral repercussions. King represents a constituency in his Iowa district that, while not entirely made up of extreme conservatives, has a large base of far-right Tea Party types who will support his insanity year in and year out. With that in mid, King will undoubtedly continue on his crusade to gain notoriety by being outwardly offensive. If Wednesday’s tweet or the above comments aren’t concrete proof od that, look no further than this tweet he sent a couple of weeks ago.
— Steve King (@SteveKingIA) June 3, 2014
Justin Baragona is the Managing Editor at Politicus Sports as well as Senior Editor at PoliticusUSA. He was a political writer for 411Mania.com before joining PoliticusUSA. Politically, Justin considers himself a liberal but also a realist and pragmatist. Currently, Justin lives in St. Louis, MO and is married. Besides writing, he also runs his own business after spending a number of years in the corporate world. You can follow Justin on Twitter either with his personal handle (@justinbaragona) or the Sports site’s (@PoliticusSports).