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Watch: Rep. Steve King Compares Immigrants To Dogs

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Watch: Rep. Steve King Compares Immigrants To Dogs


Representative Steve King (R-IA) reminded Latino voters why they don’t like the Republican party yesterday, by comparing immigrants to lazy dogs at a meeting with constituents.

King’s comments, made at a diner in Pocohontas, Iowa, were captured on film by an American Bridge tracker:

“You want a good bird dog? You want one that’s going to be aggressive? Pick the one that’s the friskiest … not the one that’s over there sleeping in the corner,” King told the crowd. He then suggested that immigrants should be selected in the same way.

“You get the pick of the litter and you got yourself a pretty good bird dog. Well, we’ve got the pick of every donor civilization on the planet,” he said.

This type of dehumanizing rhetoric is not out of the ordinary for King. As Crooks and Liars David Neiwert points out:

This is nothing new for King. He’s previously compared Latino immigrants to cattle, as well as farming commodities like beans and corn. It’s all part of his longtime record of mainstreaming hateful rhetoric and demeaning falsehoods when discussing Latino immigrants.

A recent NBC News/Wall Street Journal/Telemundo poll shows that Mitt Romney trails President Barack Obama by a staggering 34 points among Latino voters. After hearing Tea Party hero King’s thoughts on immigration, it’s easy to understand why.

Henry Decker

Henry Decker was formerly the Managing Editor of The National Memo. He is currently an Online Associate at MRCampaigns.

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  1. Kansan May 23, 2012

    King is a moron, a community college dropout whose mouth isn’t connected with the little gray matter he may possess.

    His tenure speaks poorly of his constituents who elect him over and over.

  2. SaneJane May 24, 2012

    He can’t help himself – there is just some inherently wrong with people like him.

  3. Grunge45 May 24, 2012

    Always good to have the truth about these bigots be revealed, by their own words.

  4. johninPCFL May 24, 2012

    Be fun to see him eat his words if Anchorbaby Rubio ends up being Mitt’s running mate.

  5. howa4x May 24, 2012

    This is the Tea party. A study showed they are not as intelligent as a group compared to the average person. They stick to dogmatic script, simplify the issues and talk about a constitution they know little about. They think the government is evil and believe in social darwinism.

    I watched a special on obesity where agencies wanted to have rules that limited advertising unhealthy food directly to children, and the family values crowd of republicans in congress led by the tea party took the side of big business against the protection of children, saying regulation was bad for business.
    When the obesity bomb really hits and for the 1st time we will have masses of kids sicker than their parents and we can’t feild an army because of it, what will they say then? What will they say when health care costs for the treatment of heart disease, cancer and diabetes in children sky rocket.
    I know they are bigots but to me they are just plain stupid

    1. skytimer01 June 4, 2012

      A One issue party, the Tea party. Sighing a pledge (the script) to say, NO!!! to everything that moves the Country forward that is their Constitution.
      How sad is that?????!!!!!!!!

  6. Bigspender May 24, 2012

    You just gotta love these tea party types, don’t you. Gosh I wonder if I could become a member of the TEA PARTY. I have no meaningful education, no scruples, no sense of morality, low self esteem, and I’m functionally illiterate. I like to disrespect anyone who doesn’t believe in creationism or who thinks mankind is contributing to the global warming myth. I believe that all non-white or mixed race people are inferior to me and that only poor people should pay taxes. So am I qualified to join?

  7. Baron Walker May 24, 2012

    His Parables are not like Jesus’.

  8. TheSkalawag929 May 24, 2012

    I wonder if Rep. King’s statements and positions on current events are indicative of the sentiments of Iowans as a whole or just in his district.

  9. gorojo May 24, 2012

    What an ignorant Republican judging latinos, as animals; resembling a dog, this demonstrates that King has no moral values and does not understand and know about the latino society or even other cultures. There may be some lazy latinos, but not all latinos are lazy. I pray that God will give King a revelation of his judemental ways and that he will repent of his natural ways and seek spiritual ways.

    1. DurdyDawg May 25, 2012

      He never said the Latinos resembled dogs.. He said they WERE dogs, either lazy dogs or frisky dogs.. Either a good crop or a bad crop.. Either producing cattle or T-bone steaks.. That’s how he see’s things.. Giving him the belief that he’s the only human being on the planet. One guy once told me that king came from Uranus, I said, maybe your anus but not mine.

  10. Michael A. Steede May 24, 2012

    Must be Romney’s pastor

  11. gorojo May 24, 2012

    King……… you are now on facebook and tweeter!!!!!!

    1. DurdyDawg May 25, 2012

      No wonder the facebook stocks dropped.

  12. Joyce May 24, 2012

    It takes a dog to know a dog

  13. Joyce May 24, 2012

    It takes a dog to know a dog.

  14. Love Alot May 24, 2012

    I wonder if Rep. King believes in God. Because if he does then he’ got to believe immigrants are people and human beings. I am non-white and I know what my people went through trying to get respected and still do. rep. king do you represent really what the republicans and the TEA party stand for. My are you people BOLD!!!!!!! Do you really hate having a black President so bad. Oh, and I type your name in small print for a reason. YOU ARE NOT HUMAN!!!!!! The Lord created us all. Who are you supposed to be? You did not send your son into this world to die for nobody. You are just full of yourself. What if you got an incurable desease do you think that you have the power to heal yourself or would you want help from anywhere you could get it black, white, blue, green or purple. You are not GOD. I HATE your comment.

  15. Love Alot May 24, 2012

    Rep. King you are CRAZY!!!!!

  16. Love Alot May 24, 2012

    I am voting OBAMA. Just listening to comments like this from people like rep. king confirms even more my descison to vote for Obama. I do not want people like this running this country. And, I think other voters might want to give this some serious, serious thought because this is really serious. Are Non-Whites and other monority groups included in this thought path? GOOD QUESTION!!!! Rep. King answer that question. HA

    1. DurdyDawg May 25, 2012

      Like I said earlier, the dude’s from your anus.. No self-respecting American would be caught dining with him.. Even if it was his treat.

  17. Love Alot May 24, 2012

    rep. king thinks he is all POWERFUL!!! he thinks that he is all in control. But, I can say by experience that he is not, not at all (-0) in control. he cannot control his health; he could get some incurable desease and if he lingers in life long enough, I wonder how he might feel then. Some where there is a Latino nurse who might have to clean fecal are pee from his butt because he might be unable to do it for himself. Or, even take a bath/go to the bathroom, etc. Further, some Latino nurse or Latino doctor might have to make medical decisons about his health. I will not say more. I guess this is something so UGLY to me that I just cannot wrap my mind around someone like this. But, I will say this, he must think that he really is in controll of all that concerns him. What a sad case of a person. I am just shaking my head. That is all I can say.

  18. Love Alot May 24, 2012

    This message is in reply to (howa4x) I don’t know how they would began to regulate this, but I do know that obesity in children is a concern. But, I can tell you this, I believe that the most reason they took the position that they did was because big business is making a lot of money and they don’t want their ever increasing profits to decrease. And, it is not just the food business. These big businesses everywhere and on every side, are interconnected with other businesses and if one makes money the others do as well; and they are not all directly food businesses. EVERYONE!!!!! Do you know that Michelle Obama was campaigning in schools, parents and with others for healty eating behavior. I saw a documentary once and I thought that was good.

  19. Bunny May 24, 2012

    We need King to keep talking. Obama will win !

  20. joyscarbo May 25, 2012

    Makes me more determined to make sure Mitt and his gang of merry pillagers DON’T make it to Washington, DC!!

  21. DurdyDawg May 25, 2012

    S.K. just loves to suck on that ‘haterade’..

  22. joyscarbo May 27, 2012

    I never get tired of hearing right wingnuts and repubs say, “You lefties are lying! Our party isn’t racist or bigoted.” Well, there certainly is enough evidence to prove otherwise!

  23. Gary Godfrey June 4, 2012

    He is probably what Hanity would call a “great American.”

  24. Don Burns September 11, 2012

    ‘You want a good bird dog? You want one that’s going to be aggressive? Pick the one that’s the friskiest … not the one that’s over there sleeping in the corner,” King told the crowd. He then suggested that immigrants should be selected in the same way.

    “You get the pick of the litter and you got yourself a pretty good bird dog. Well, we’ve got the pick of every donor civilization on the planet,”.

    “President Barack Obama by a staggering 34 points among Latino voters”.

    Huh, go figure.


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