Today in Republican Latino Outreach

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Iowa conservative Republican Congressman Steve King said in an interview with Newsmax that for every valedictorian DREAMer who has been brought to this country by his or her family, “…there’s another 100 out there who, they weigh 130 pounds and they’ve got calves the size of cantaloupes because they’re hauling 75 pounds of marijuana across the desert. Those people would be legalized with the same act.”

Love it Republicans. Keep it up.

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90 replies
  1. 1
    KG says:

    personally, I’d rather legalize the hundred carrying pot… they’re doing a greater service to our society

  2. 2
    catclub says:

    Shouldn’t we be recruiting them for track teams?!

  3. 3
    maryQ says:

    he gotta lotta splainin to do!

  4. 4
    The Dangerman says:

    …they’re hauling 75 pounds of marijuana across the desert.

    Now, THAT’S being Green.

  5. 5
    Anonymous says:

    As Aesop once told it,

    A scorpion and a frog meet on the bank of a stream and the scorpion asks the frog to carry him across on its back. The frog asks, “How do I know you won’t sting me?” The scorpion says, “Because if I do, I will die too.”

    The frog is satisfied, and they set out, but in midstream,the scorpion stings the frog. The frog feels the onset of paralysis and starts to sink, knowing they both will drown, but has just enough time to gasp “Why?”

    Replies the scorpion: “Its my nature…”

  6. 6
    beltane says:

    I don’t really understand Rep. King’s comment and i’m not sure I want to understand it, but I think he’s saying that a real American weighs 300 lbs and has man-boobs and plumber’s butt.

  7. 7
    NickT says:

    calves the size of cantaloupes

    Which would tear off the bone and leave them permanently crippled and thus unlikely to haul much weed much of anywhere, never mind across the desert.

  8. 8
    beltane says:

    @catclub: These guys sound like excellent soccer players: lean, lithe, and with calves of iron.

  9. 9
    Jay in Oregon says:

    So Rep. King is placing his money on “disenfranchise the fuck outta them” then?

    Good luck with that.

  10. 10
    kindness says:

    Who the fuck elects these overt racists to National offices?

  11. 11
    burnspbesq says:

    Are the two idiots King playing can you top this? I thought we’d finally gotten to the point of no return when Lawnguyland King threatened to run for President, but apparently not.

  12. 12
    beltane says:

    @kindness: Who elects them? Dumb as rocks racists whose very existence provides proof that the notion of white supremacy is a pitiful lie.

  13. 13
    burnspbesq says:

    @kindness:

    Who the fuck elects these overt racists to National offices?

    In this case, the fine people of the Fourth Congressional District of Iowa.

  14. 14
    Gin & Tonic says:

    @kindness: Iowa, for one.

  15. 15
    Belafon says:

    I would like to see these statements start making headlines from the Latino community along the lines of “Every statement by someone like Representative King means 100 Latino’s registered to vote.”

  16. 16
    Roger Moore says:

    @kindness:

    Who the fuck elects these overt racists to National offices?

    Other racists. SATSQ.

  17. 17

    Mr. Cole, you belie your own racism by pointing this out.

  18. 18
    John O says:

    Steve King cannot have a big enough microphone planted in his ass.

  19. 19
    pat says:

    But what about Boss????

  20. 20
    Anne Laurie says:

    Steve King, still the meanest man in Congress (Louie Gohmert being the dumbest). Only vote against putting up a plaque in the new DC visitors center commemorating the slaves who built the original city up out of the swamp.

    How’s your New Best Friend recovering from his morning surgery?

  21. 21
    Zifnab25 says:

    @Zapruder F. Mashtots, D.D.S. (Mumphrey, et al.): Meta-racism is the worst kind of racism.

  22. 22
    Tom Levenson says:

    Proceed, Congressman.

  23. 23
    Litlebritdifrnt says:

    When I originally saw this link on twitter a commenter at the site said “I want this played on a 24 hour loop on Univision” I agree.

  24. 24
    Suffern ACE says:

    I guess it can be argued that there is usually some truth to all stereotypes. In this case, I’ll go with, unsurprisingly, the homophobe spending an unnatural amount of time checking out other men’s bodies for a non-physician stereotype-nudge nudge wink wink.

  25. 25
    piratedan says:

    on today’s edition of the media forum “no bigot left behind” we’ve interviewed Rep. Congressman Steve King who said…..

  26. 26
    Trollhattan says:

    Oy vey, that was my grandmother’s district. She would have not thought kindly of Herr King, being a Roosevelt Democrat herself.

    In non-related please make it stop news.

    The 4-year-old Sedro-Woolley boy whose death Sunday touched off an overnight manhunt accidentally shot himself and was not the victim of a homicide as authorities had earlier believed, police said Monday. The subject of that manhunt, Trevor Braymiller, 25, surrendered peacefully to police Monday afternoon, a short time before police announced the child’s death was an accident, said Sedro-Woolley Police Chief Doug Wood.

    Braymiller was questioned by detectives and “is looking at potentially serious criminal charges,” Wood said of Braymiller, who, as a felon, is barred from owning or possessing firearms. “We have the same tragedy,” but the fact the boy died accidentally “does change things a bit,” Wood said.

    Braymiller fled the residence in the 1000 block of Township Street immediately after the shooting Sunday morning and spent the night in hiding. The shooting was initially reported as an accident, with police saying the boy died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.

    After a cursory examination of the boy’s body on Sunday by the Coroner’s Office, Wood reported that the boy’s death was being investigated as a homicide. Police then announced they were searching for Braymiller. Wood characterized him at the time as dangerous and “probably desperate.” However, after a more thorough examination of the boy during an autopsy Monday, “it was determined (the wound) was self-inflicted,” Wood said.

    http://seattletimes.com/html/l.....eyxml.html

  27. 27
    Yatsuno says:

    @Tom Levenson: I say Keep. Them. Talking. As long as they keep slamming that door in their faces the better for Democrats.

  28. 28
    Citizen_X says:

    @Belafon: I would prefer it be like this:

    I would like to see these statements start making headlines from the Latino community along the lines of “Every statement by someone like former Representative King means 100 Latino’s registered to vote.”

    Preferably after the first week in November 2014.

  29. 29
    👾 Martin says:

    @burnspbesq: That may change. King was in the 5th district, which vanished, and moved over to the 4th. The 5th was northwestern super-rural Iowa. The 4th encompasses the 5th and half of the 4th. As you move move east, you get bluer, so where King had no +D counties in 2008, he has quite a few now, and he went from winning by 20+% to winning by 8%. He really can’t afford to be so wingnutty. If Christine Vilsack decides to run again in 2014 (former first lady, so serious name recognition, and the current R gov is unpopular) he’s going to have a race on his hands.

  30. 30
    Amir Khalid says:

    130lbs guys who can carry 75lbs sacks across hundred of miles of desert sound like fit, strong and determined people, whom any country would surely want in its military. Why isn’t America recruiting them?

  31. 31
    feebog says:

    With King on your side, its always one step forward, ten steps back. Keep talking Rep. King, Obama only got 71% of the Hispanic vote, the next Dem candidate should ge about 85%.

  32. 32
    👾 Martin says:

    @Amir Khalid:

    Why isn’t America recruiting them?

    We are. DREAM Act is supposed to guarantee them citizenship in exchange for their service. The GOP is opposed to that as well.

  33. 33
    Temporarily Max McGee (soon enough to be Andy K again) says:

    …and they’ve got calves the size of cantaloupes because they’re hauling 75 pounds of marijuana across the desert.

    Or, ya know, they’re working 60-80 hours/week at $5/hour as contract cleaners. Pushing floor scrubbers and carpet cleaners, carrying back-pack vacs, stripping and waxing VCT as fast as possible has a way of keeping one lean and muscular.

  34. 34
    22over7 says:

    I’m sure it will play just fine in his lily-white district. I swear, we could go a long way toward solving this country’s problems if we could replace Iowa as the first caucus state.

  35. 35
    Belafon says:

    @Citizen_X: With the way Republicans are passing voting restrictions, the only way we’re going to make them former is for registration to start now.

  36. 36
    Keith says:

    @Amir Khalid: My question is why bother when folks can just rent a car in Colorado, California, or any of the other 17 states where much higher quality stuff can be had and just *drive* it around?

  37. 37
    Suffern ACE says:

    @👾 Martin: Yeah. But we can use these super strong but very small guys as kind of a special ops team. Kind of a Gurhka regiment.

    Maybe they can jump from the black helicopters and force everyone into cities.

  38. 38
    Michele C. says:

    @catclub: @beltane: Or shotputters. Lots of leg strength in putting shot.

  39. 39
    Fort Geek says:

    @kindness: Their “base”: Overt racists.

  40. 40
    Villago Delenda Est says:

    @kindness:

    Other overt racists.

    On edit: I am not alone in this assessment of King’s base, it seems.

  41. 41
    👾 Martin says:

    @Keith:

    My question is why bother when folks can just rent a car in Colorado, California, or any of the other 17 states where much higher quality stuff can be had and just *drive* it around?

    Volume. Those states don’t produce enough. They don’t even produce enough for their own state.

  42. 42
    catclub says:

    @Gin & Tonic: and yet Iowa has RAGBRAI.
    Takes all kinds.

  43. 43
    Hungry Joe says:

    You have to admit, that’s pretty good imagery: hordes of wiry, cantaloupe-calved Latinos swarming, zombie apocalypse-like, across the desert floor, every man jack of them … or rather, every man juan of them effortlessly toting 75-pound gunny sacks crammed with ganja. (One must assume “effortlessly,” what with their cantaloupe calves and all.)

  44. 44
    FlipYrWhig says:

    Isn’t that description very reminiscent of the monologue that got Jimmy The Greek fired from CBS Sports way back when?

  45. 45
    jonas says:

    Ah, so he caught that clause in the small print in the law allowing drug smugglers — which, apparently, are as common in the Latino community as hard-working students — to apply for citizenship. What a clever fellow. Please give him a bigger microphone and more airtime, particularly in the Hispanic media. And make sure there’s a huge sign with the letters GOP and an arrow pointing at him the whole time.

  46. 46
    EconWatcher says:

    @22over7:

    Iowa gave us Barack Obama. While I mean no disrespect to Hillary, I’m grateful to Iowa for that.

  47. 47
    Michele C. says:

    @pat: Exactly. Kitteh!

  48. 48
    AnotherBruce says:

    Did Steve King make these remarks at his Klan rally?

  49. 49
    Anne Laurie says:

    @Amir Khalid:

    130lbs guys who can carry 75lbs sacks across hundred of miles of desert sound like fit, strong and determined people, whom any country would surely want in its military. Why isn’t America recruiting them?

    “We” are, actually. Serving in the military is one path to citizenship, which inspired a whole lot of late-Roman-empire-recruiting-barbarian-centurions analogies during the early part of Dubya’s Iraq Adventure.

  50. 50
    Jim, Foolish Literalist says:

    I never saw more than half an ounce (it was my brother’s!). What would seventy-five pounds of marijuana look like? A big bale? A gunny sack?
    ETA: For anyone interested, Anthony Weiner is about to give a press conference. Withdrawal, or pre-withdrawal denunciation of scurrilous invasion of his privacy?

  51. 51
    Villago Delenda Est says:

    Look, these assclowns like King have only their own ancestors to blame for this, what with them selecting coolies and slaves for their ability to carry large loads of whatever for great distances. So it’s bred into the browns and blacks to do this sort of work. Bale of dope, bale of cotton, it’s not that great a difference.

    I may just sign up for melanin enhancement soon. I really don’t want to be associated with shitheads like King on first glance.

  52. 52
    Belafon says:

    @AnotherBruce: Is any meeting with Steve King and a microphone not a Klan rally?

  53. 53
    Haydnseek says:

    @Amir Khalid: If not for the military, at least for the US national soccer team………@Amir Khalid:

  54. 54
    flukebucket says:

    @KG:

    One and DONE!!!
    Amen.
    Ditto.
    1,000 times this and all of the rest of that internet shit.

  55. 55
    Mandalay says:

    King gets into an argument about whether he compared immigrants to dogs on Univision:

    King is arguably the most outspoken critic of attempts to overhaul the nation’s immigration laws. Most recently, he sparred with Univision News anchor Jorge Ramos regarding comments King made comparing some immigrants to dogs.

    Univision is a Spanish language TV network, which recently became the nation’s #1 in prime time. Woof! Woof!

  56. 56
    joel hanes says:

    @Jay in Oregon:

    Rep King doesn’t need to worry about offending the black and Mexican voters in his district; his district is very very white, rural, and Christian Protestant religious. Most of the people who vote for him think there’s something wrong with anyone who isn’t white, rural, and religiously Protestant, and don’t want anything to do with such “others”. King is accurately reflecting the prejudices of the bigots who vote for him; he’s quite good at that.

    So King knows his voters, and will win re-election, while doing less-than-fatal damage to the GOP’s fortunes in places where the voters are more divers.

  57. 57
    fuckwit says:

    Keep fucking that pollo.

  58. 58
    Felonius Monk says:

    because they’re hauling 75 pounds of marijuana across the desert.

    And I guess it’s pretty obvious whose been smokin’ most of it. Eh, Steve King (aka Iowa’s Most Fragrant Cow Patty).

  59. 59
    eric says:

    @Jim, Foolish Literalist: it would be a premature withdrawal at this point.

  60. 60
    Ash Can says:

    Butbutbutbut Jennifer Rubin told me herself that racism ended in America with the repeal of the Jim Crow laws and doesn’t exist anymore, and that President Obama is a horrible person for pretending that it still does exist. And if you can’t rely on a lily-white conservative lady who writes for the Washington Post to be thoroughly and roundly versed in any and all matters of importance to black Americans, who can you rely on? (H/t LGF)

    Seriously, in light of all the other media figures in years past who were summarily fired for saying shit like this, how is it that Jennifer Rubin is still employed?

  61. 61
    Geeno says:

    @Jim, Foolish Literalist: So you suspect Anthony Weiner of practicing campaignus interruptus.

  62. 62
    David in NY says:

    I know it’s sort of beside the point, but he isn’t really even right. A) That’s not how marijuana is imported. B) Those guys wouldn’t be eligible under the DREAM act, because they’ll be instantly deportable and deported for commission of an aggravated felony.

  63. 63
    David in NY says:

    @Jim, Foolish Literalist: Weiner Admits To New Batch Of Sexually Explicit Messages

    Headline from NY1.

  64. 64
    Jim, Foolish Literalist says:

    @David in NY: I know it’s sort of beside the point, but he isn’t really even right. A) That’s not how marijuana is imported.
    I think if we could see ‘wingers thoughts, it would be a Simpsons-like cartoon written by someone like Archie Bunker.

    Tweety is obsessively comparing Weiner to Ed Koch, who was “discreet” about his “private life” and made sacrifices. Was Koch’s “private life” ever talked about when he was mayor?

  65. 65
    eric says:

    @Jim, Foolish Literalist: the Koch Cock was never discussed as far I know and i am quite grateful for the ommision.

  66. 66
    Suffern ACE says:

    @Jim, Foolish Literalist: Vote for Cuomo, not the Homo.

    But you are right. That might not have been discussed in the major papers. It’s not like there weren’t people looking.

  67. 67
    No One of Consequence says:

    Steve King is an embarrassment to Iowa.

    Full stop.

    I was born and raised here (escaped a few times), and for the most part Iowans are pretty decent folk, some of the nicest you’ll meet (taken from an unscientific sampling of roughly 30 states and roughly 15 foreign countries. Rural areas are the same (pretty much) as rural areas everywhere. You have a contingent of conservative, small-scope, small-world-view, small-mindedness. Fear of the other, and resolute certainty that more populous areas’ peoples do not have a monopoly on good ideas, and certainly don’t know the first thing about fixing problems in God’s Country (wherever they *miraculously* happen to live). It is unsurprising, but not un-lamentable.

    As far as the caucuses and primaries, I agree. It brings some good money to central Iowa when it happens, but I (as an Iowan) believe that we should not necessarily be the first in the nation. I think that honor (?!) should rotate through the states.

    But, you have to ask yourself, just what would a caucus or primary in Wyoming do for us, either party, as a country? What would a caucus in Cali or New York for that matter?

    Let’s dispense with the Electoral College and be done with the unpopular Presidents that don’t have the backing of the majority of the American People.

    For that matter, let’s also dispense with politicians (*and pundits*) making a damn dime after they leave office. Either from the taxpayer teet, or the golden parachute free market. Set up net worths of pols into blind trusts that exist 10 to 15 years past their service.

    Let’s see who the real patriotic, selfless, giving, Real ‘Murkins are then. Any bets on whether or not we would have to hold a lottery to see who we want to represent us?

    Peace,

    – NOoC

  68. 68
    Shakezula says:

    I’m sure the GOP will be along any minute to denounce these comments.

    Any minute now…

  69. 69
    Roger Moore says:

    @Jim, Foolish Literalist:

    I think if we could see ‘wingers thoughts, it would be a Simpsons-like cartoon written by someone like Archie Bunker.

    I think it would be more like a blank sheet of paper.

  70. 70
    IowaOldLady says:

    Cripes. I’m embarrassed this guy represents a district in my state, though thank god, not mine.

  71. 71
    Flying Squirrel Girl says:

    @David in NY: Don’t you get it man? These people all got in under the radar, that’s how he is so sure they and their drug smuggling are for real!!!

  72. 72
    Bokonon says:

    @Jim, Foolish Literalist: Sure … most New Yorkers knew (or strongly suspected) that Ed Koch was gay. But they just didn’t care. Mario Cuomo tried to make it an issue at one point during an early political race … and when Koch ignored the provocation, it went nowhere.

    Chris Matthews is making a false equivalence here. And it isn’t just about New York mayoral politics. There is a big difference between being discreet about your dating life … versus being married and repeatedly trolling around for sex on the Internet under pseudonyms. That’s not the same sort of zone of privacy at all. It is about compulsiveness and lack of control.

  73. 73
    fuckwit says:

    @eric: His private life was very private, but actively speculated upon, and he was asked about it (and dodged the questions). It was generally understood that he was probably gay. He hung around with Bess Meyerson partially in an attempt to act straight or at least leave some ambiguousness as to his sexual orientation. But I grew up in NY during his reign, and yeah, everyone pretty much assumed he was gay. Nobody really seemed to much care though, as I recall.

  74. 74
    Jim, Foolish Literalist says:

    @Suffern ACE: @Bokonon: makes me a little sad to hear Cuomo was a gay-baiter. It just struck me as odd that Tweety pulled that out of his hat. Who the fuck has given Ed Koch a second thought in the last twenty years, outside of whatever FoxNews weekend show he was pimping for the Iraq War. If you wanna talk about NY mayors with sloppy and indiscreet private lives, I can think of a much more recent, sloppier and more indiscreet example.

  75. 75
    Schlemizel says:

    @fuckwit:

    mantener mierda que el pollo

    not sure if that is the vernacular but we’re close

  76. 76
    Schlemizel says:

    @Jim, Foolish Literalist:

    It does seem like the more I hear about the young Mr Cuomo the less I find appealing

  77. 77
    JustRuss says:

    @Jim, Foolish Literalist: I’m sure Tweety also brought up former Mayor Guiliani’s well-documented antics with his mistress, because, you know, Both Sides…..

  78. 78
    El Cruzado says:

    @Schlemizel: Uh… “Siga chingando ese pollo” would be more like it (I’m not very familiar with Mexican vernacular but I believe this would be the right way to go about it).

  79. 79
    Ivan Ivanovich Renko says:

    @kindness:

    Who the fuck elects these overt racists to National offices?

    White guys.

    SA2SQ, etc. etc.

  80. 80
    fuckwit says:

    @Schlemizel: “keep shit like a chicken”? My Espanol no es bueno, but still that translation look pretty damn wrong.

    Then again “keep shit like a chicken” is pretty funny in and of itself, but not what I was going for.

    Perhaps someone more fluent can render a proper Spanish translation of “Keep fucking that chicken”. Because I think it’ll be useful to know for the next few election cycles.

  81. 81
    wasabi gasp says:

    “…so, fuck ’em all. Melonheads, too.”

  82. 82
    steve s says:

    Please give him a bigger microphone and more airtime, particularly in the Hispanic media. And make sure there’s a huge sign with the letters GOP and an arrow pointing at him the whole time.

    Exactly. And make the sign blink please.

  83. 83
    Kay says:

    It’ll only get better as we get closer to an election:

    Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer now admits she “misspoke” when she said decapitated bodies had been found by “our law enforcement agencies” along the US-Mexico border.
    Brewer isn’t the only Arizonan who’s made provocative (and questionable) statements regarding immigration.
    In April, Sen. John McCain (R), who was in a tough primary fight, told Fox News host Bill O’Reilly that “drivers of cars with illegals in it … are intentionally causing accidents on the freeway.”

    Brewer is just crazy, but why would they intentionally cause an accident if their were “illegals” in their car? I’m thinking because police would arrive and the illegals would flee? Aren’t there easier and less dangerous ways to drop them off?

  84. 84
    TheWatcher says:

    @kindness: WHITE PEOPLE

    SATSQ

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    Shrillhouse says:

    His comments were probably just taken out of context. By that I mean that his actual remarks were even more offensive.

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    rikyrah says:

    combine this with Univision being the number 1 network…

    and, you can see the GOP’s troubles.

    some of you were skeptical of whether the Spanish Media would tell the truth about the GOP and their true positions….

    I was never worried.

    Did you see Steve King not apologize when directly asked by Ramos about his comments?

    LOL

    that shyt was played on a loop on Univision.

  87. 87
    debbie says:

    Well, they sure aren’t the Party of Lincoln anymore.

  88. 88
    Redshirt says:

    I’d love to watch a Cheech and Chong movie with Rep. Steve King. There are no cantaloupe calves!

  89. 89
    BruinKid says:

    What is it with King’s fascination with the calves of young Latino men?? I mean, I’m not saying… but I’m saying.

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    My Truth Hurts says:

    These guys are so out of touch. They don’t even realize most weed in this country comes from California and the Pacific NW.

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