Rep. Steve King is rightly being blasted from all sides for his repulsive comments about there being 100 Mexican immigrant drug mules “with calves the size of cantaloupes” for every smart student among the Dreamers and he is doubling down on his racism. Appearing on the Laura Ingraham show he refused to back down:
The Iowa Republican insisted that he had “personal experience” observing and even “picking people up” with “calves the size of cantaloupes.”
“That description comes from many days down on the border, riding and sitting with the border patrol and without them at night, no night vision, watching the shadows come across the border, picking people up personally with my hands, unloading illegal drugs out of a vehicle with a false bottom under the truck,” he explained. “I mean this is a personal experience, and I sit there at night and border patrol agents would come to me one at a time in their civil clothes and talk to me clandestinely.”
“And so they all have calves the size of cantaloupes?” Ingraham wondered. “What?”
“I insulted the illegal drug dealers, the drug smugglers. I insulted them, I admit that,” King replied. “I don’t know why anybody else would be insulted.”
“Will you apologize for this comment?” Ingraham pressed.
“No, I won’t do that, Laura,” King said. “If I did that, that would further marginalize, and that would be a confession that the statement that I made was wrong or inaccurate.”
Let me try that on for size. “For every intelligent Republican congressman there are 100 child molesters.” What? Why would you be offended, Mr. King? I’m insulting child molesters. I don’t know why anyone else would be insulted. Oh, you don’t buy that? How surprising.