Immigrants Have Cantaloupe Calves, and 4 Other Unhinged Comments from America’s Lunatic Right-Wing Fringe This Week
You know you’re pretty far out on the rightward flank of the right wing, when Speaker of the House John “repeal all laws” Boehner and Rep. Paul “slash all social programs” Ryan (R-Wisc.) publicly denounce your comments, but such was the accomplishment of Iowa Rep. Steve King this week. In the past, King has compared immigrants to both dogs and livestock, but this week he went with a fruit metaphor. You see he is just really tired of all the claims that sometimes undocumented immigrants and especially their children achieve things, contribute to and are actually good for a country founded by, well, undocumented immigrants.
“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,” King notoriously said.
Although Republican leaders rebuked King’s comments, realizing that publicity like this might cost them some Latino votes, it is worth remembering that 97 percent of the House backed King’s amendment to defund the Obama administration’s directive to stop deporting the children of undocumented immigrants. So House Republicans don’t really disagree with the content of his statement, maybe just the colorful language. The Tea Party firebrand does have a way with words, once comparing House janitors who changed incandescent bulbs to more energy-saving compact fluorescents to Stasi troops.
King remained defiant throughout the week, standing by his cantaloupe statement, and saying he has spent a lot of time on the Mexican border and personally seen the giant cankles on these drug mules. Then he gave a speech in the House talking about how he really just wants logical, rational policy, and how every human being deserves dignity and compassion.
We hope he likes cantaloupe. Because he got a load of it in his office from hundreds of immigrants and their supporters he offended.
Here are the other lowlights from this week in crazy.
1. Jennifer Rubin: Our first black president is taking us backwards on the subject of race.
While some of the bigoted, victim-blaming Trayvon Martin commentary died down this week, eclipsed by Anthony Weiner’s penis pranks and the vitally important royal baby-naming cliffhanger, arch-conservative, proudly Islamophobic Washington Post columnist Jennifer Rubin kept the racism flame alive with comments on President Obama’s speech last Friday. In a conversation with NewsMax radio host Steve Malzberg, Rubin simply denied the existence of institutional racism. Racial prejudice and discrimination no longer exist, she asserted. Poof, gone. Racism is something “most Americans have never personally experienced,” she said. We think it is pretty clear that when Rubin says “most Americans,” she means, “most white Americans.”
Then she was back to the old canard. Black Americans are to blame for all their problems. Why didn’t Obama point that out in his speech? “It is just mind-boggling, and first of all, he doesn’t address the issue of black-on-black crime which is much larger, as you know, and much more of an endemic problem,” Rubin said. “And he doesn’t comment on every black kid that shoots another black kid. Why is that? He is only interested in cases that can bring up the race issue? What about the number of black kids that are killed every week, every month in Chicago?”
Ah, the virtues of short and selective memories. We believe Obama did talk about Chicago’s murder problem, when 15-year-old Hadiya Pendleton, who attended his inauguration, was felled by a gang bullet. Not to mention the President’s ultimately unsuccessful attempt to get some very reasonable gun control legislation passed in light of both Chicago’s murder problem, and of course, Newtown.