Rep. Steve King Slams Hillary Clinton For Supporting A Teenage Immigrant, Because Who Does That?
For Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa), no stranger to aggressive anti-immigration politics, Hillary Clinton calling an undocumented teen "brave" is a dire sign of the times. Clinton's remark came at a No Ceilings event Thursday, a women's forum Hillary hosted alongside daughter Chelsea (who also made news for reasons of her own). King denounced Hillary's compliment on Twitter Friday morning, insisting she should have told the 19-year-old woman to "get right with the law."
It shouldn't come as much surprise that King's tweet didn't actually deny that the young woman was brave, because in simple definitional terms the teen's bravery was on public display. During the Q&A event, the girl stood up and announced, to both Clintons and the room full of onlookers, that she was an undocumented immigrant. She said it was the first time she'd publicly revealed it. If bravery is the ability to stare down danger, admitting there's legal grounds to deport you from the country qualifies. Especially in the presence of a possible presidential contender.
Clinton also took the opportunity to state her support for the immigration-reform bill which the Senate passed in 2013, which has since languished in the Republican-controlled House for a whole year.
This is far from the first time King, a 10-year veteran of the House, has launched bizarre or needlessly tone-deaf arguments on the topic of immigrants, either their motives or their worth.
In 2013, he raised the alarms about border-crossing marijuana-smugglers:
For everyone who’s a valedictorian, there’s another 100 out there that–they weigh 130 pounds and they’ve got calves the size of cantaloupes because they’re hauling 75 pounds of marijuana across the desert.
He also suffered backlash over a 2012 video of a town hall event, at which he delivered a minute-long comparison between the legal immigration process and picking out the "friskiest" dog in a litter.