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Thursday, July 13, 2006

Steve King,. professional bigot

Rep Steve King R-Iowa

From the Hill issue today:

It was prop time on the House floor Tuesday night when Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa), making the case for building a wall along the U.S.-Mexican border, showed a miniature version of a border wall that he "designed."

He had mock sand representing the desert as well as fake construction panels as C-SPAN focused in on the unusual display.

But it got really interesting when King broke out the mock electrical wiring: "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."

He added, "We could also electrify this wire with the kind of current that would not kill somebody, but it would be a discouragement for them to be fooling around with it. We do that with livestock all the time."

King spokeswoman Summer Johnson disputed the notion that it was an immigrant-livestock comparison, saying, "He was comparing a fence to a fence — a border fence to an Iowa farm fence."

The outspoken proponent of border security, however, did not mention an Iowa farm fence during his show-and-tell performance.

This is not the first time Steve King has made offensive and outrageous comments or legislation offending millions of Americans. He is also the guy who is spearheading the effort to get rid of Section 203 (bilingual ballots) in Voting Rights Act. He has been on the news a lot lately for making outrageous and offensive remarks offending other Americans. Recently he compared White House Correspondent Helen Thomas to "virgins" in Zarqawi's "hell." Last week he compared the violence in Washington D.C. to the dangers in the war in Iraq. And, last year Rep. King attempted to strike down the reauthorization of Violence Against Woman Act (VAWA) because in his words the federal law was getting in the way of marriage.

Here are some of his recent hits:

TRYING TO GET RID OF BILINGUAL BALLOTS IN THE VOTING RIGHTS ACT: Rep. King is leading the charge to get an amendment passed today related to HR 9 (Reauthorization of Voting Rights Act) that strikes the sections re-authorizing the Section 203 bilingual ballot requirements all across the county mounting an assault on millions on American's right to vote.

COMPARED WHITE HOUSE CORRESPONDENT HELEN THOMAS TO "VIRGINS" IN ZARQAWI'S "HELL": Rep. Steve King (R-IA) on the death of Zarqawi: "There probably are not 72 virgins in the hell he's at. And if there are, they probably all look like [White House correspondent] Helen Thomas." [Talking Points Memo, June 19, 2006]

CLAIMED HIS WIFE "IS AT FAR GREATER RISK BEING A CIVILIAN IN DC THAN AN AVERAGE CIVILIAN IN IRAQ": On June 12, on the House floor, Rep. Steve King (R-IA) downplayed the violence on the ground in Iraq, claiming his wife is taking a greater risk by living in Washington, D.C. King said: "27.51 Iraqis per 100,000 die a violent death on an annual basis. 27.51. Now what does that mean? To me, it really doesn't mean a lot until I compare it to people that I know or have a feel for the rhythm of this place. Well I by now have a feel for the rhythm of this place called Washington, D.C., and my wife lives here with me, and I can tell you, Mr. Speaker, she's at far greater risk being a civilian in Washington, D.C. than an average civilian in Iraq. 45 out of every 100,000 Washington, D.C. regular residents die a violent death on an annual basis. [Center for American Progress's Blog, Think Progress, June 13, 2006]

OFFERED LEGISLATION TO STRIKE DOWN THE REAUTHORIZATION OF VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN ACT (VAWA) BECAUSE ACCORDING TO MR. KING VAWA GOT IN THE WAY OF MARRIAGE : Last year Rep. Steve King offered an amendment to H.R. 3402 - Department of Justice Appropriations Authorization Act, which would struck down the reauthorization of violence against women section (VAWA) of the bill. He justified the amendment because in his words VAWA "demonstrated a certain hostility particularly against men, but also involves itself in the relationship of marriage that I think we should stay out of." [Transcripts, House Rules Committee, 109-1st, September 27, 2005]
Boy, his hatred of other people just shines through.

He should ask the meat producers in Iowa about immigrants.

You know, with a little less discipline, he'd be Bill White, living in a compound and talking about the greatness of Adolph Hitler.

posted by Steve @ 11:19:00 AM

11:19:00 AM

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