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Thursday, October 18, 2018

This Week In Crazy: Special AIDS Rings, And The Rest Of The Worst Of The Right

Welcome to “This Week In Crazy,” The National Memo’s weekly update on the wildest attacks, conspiracy theories, and other loony behavior from the increasingly unhinged right wing. Starting with number five:

5. Steve King

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Representative Steve King (R-IA), chairman of the GOP’s Cantaloupe Caucus, took a break from insulting immigrants this week to turn his attacks against a different undeserving target: the unemployed.

Speaking at an event in South Carolina, Congressman King explained his opposition to federal aid programs by saying that the millions of Americans who can’t find jobs are pretty much just spoiled kids.

“Now, what kind of a family, if you had six kids and a third of your kids would say, ‘I’m not doing the chores, mom’?” King asked. “If any of them say, ‘I refuse, I’m not going to participate, I’m not going to contribute to the American GDP,’ pretty soon those kids would be on the — you get to eat after you do the work! Not just in hopes that one day you might actually do the work!”

Putting aside the question of how the King family’s chores contribute to the American GDP, ripping the unemployed in South Carolina may have been a rare stroke of political genius from King. Hey, it worked for Newt.