Steve King Defends Cantaloupes Comments About Drug-’Hauling’ DREAMers – Is Steve King Racist?
Republicans Have a Steve King Problem, his name is KING: House Speaker John Boehner publicly scolded Rep. Steve King for “ignorant” and “wrong” comments he made last week that drew comparisons between immigrants hoping to gain U.S. legal status under the DREAM Act and drug runners.
But the Iowa Republican did not back down from his remarks that offended many undocumented workers and proponents of immigration reform.
“There’s no question that my comments were anything but ignorant,” King said in an on-camera interview with ABC News Thursday afternoon. “What I spoke to was fact.”
Last week, King told Newsmax, “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.”
Today, King did not relent, saying that “80 to 90 percent of illegal drugs come from or through Mexico.”
He added that the DEA told him that in every distribution chain of illegal drugs in the United States, “at least one link in that chain is an illegal immigrant.”
“We have young people that are being recruited from age 11 on up to increasingly smuggle drugs into the United States,” King said. “We seem to want to be ignorant of that because there’s such a desire to pass a DREAM Act, which would include some valedictorians. We’re all sympathetic to those valedictorians, but it isn’t all going to be valedictorians.”
King added that many people who are smuggling drugs would fit the qualification to become a DREAMer, as spelled out in the Senate-passed comprehensive bill.