US Republican censured for racist anti-immigrant remarks
Posted in the Minneapolis Forum
#1 Aug 5, 2013
The speaker of the US House of Representatives, John Boehner, has criticised a Republican Representative for making racist remarks about Mexican illegal immigrants. The remarks were made by Representative Steve King of Iowa.
In an interview for a right-wing website Newsmax, Mr King said that many children brought to the US from Mexico illegally as children were drug smugglers. He said 'for every one who is a valedictorian (star pupil), there's another hundred 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'. He said that these people were 'undermining our culture and civilization'.
Mr Boehner, himself a Republican, said that 'there is no place in this debate for hateful or ignorant comments from elected officials'. He continued 'what he [King] said does not reflect the values of the American people or the Republican Party and we all need to work in a constructive open and respectful way'.
Ryan and Cantor criticise King for 'inexcusable' comments
Former vice presidential nominee Representative Paul Ryan also attacked Mr King's comments. The House Majority Leader, Eric Cantor also called the remarks inexcusable. Representative Pete Olson of Texas called on Mr King to apologise for his 'hurtful' comments.
But Mr King has refused to apologise for his remarks and has, in fact, repeated them and even made jokes about them. Despite the fact that many senior Republicans have distanced themselves from the remarks, Mr King says that, in private, they support his stance. He told a US news channel that he got the weight of the supposed drug runners wrong by about ten pounds.
Since: Sep 11
#3 Aug 6, 2013
It is obviously easy enough to get marijuana in to this country that no one needs to strap it on to kids. After some 40 years of the so called "drug war", the astounding fact still stands, that of all the drugs that are smuggled in to this country, mostly across our southern border, no more than about 10% is even prevented from coming in.
Good for Boehner for his prompt rebuke. Sure he was just sucking up to the public and the Hispanic voters, but at least he tried. I really don't like Boehner.
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