GOP Strategist Confronts Congressman For Bigoted Comments On Immigrants: You ‘Should Get Some Therapy’


Steve King

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Rep. Steve King (R-IA) recently dove into hot water by saying that undocumented immigrants were “drug mules” with “cantaloupe-sized calves.” Sunday morning, King doubled down, suggesting many young undocumented immigrants were “drug smugglers.” In response, King received an epic rebuke from Republican strategist Ana Navarro.

Talking to David Gregory on NBC’s Meet The press, King argued that immigration reform would entail granting citizenship to “a lot of people…up to the age of 35” who smuggled drugs over the Mexican border. Navarro hit back hard, telling King he needed to “get therapy” for his bigoted views about Latinos:

KING: This proposes to legalize a lot of people that will include the people who are drug smugglers up to the age of 35. You cannot do a background check on people that don’t have a legal existence in their home country…

NAVARRO: First of all, I think Congressman King should get some therapy for his melon fixation. I think there might be medication for that. I think he’s a mediocre congressman with no legislative record and the only time he makes national press is when he comes out and says something offensive about the undocumented or Hispanics.… There are other voices who are the adults in the room and who are working hard towards a reform. and I think it’s going to happen. I’m more optimistic than most.

GREGORY: Before I let him go, he just heard that. Congressman King, do you want to respond to that in terms of what actually is going to get accomplished?

KING: Well, I would say this. First of all, I spoke only of drug smugglers. If Ana understands the language, she should know that. I didn’t insult her or other Republicans and I didn’t —

NAVARRO: I’m not undocumented. I vote, Congressman.

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Though both Republicans and Democrats rebuked King’s incoherent bigotry, he insists that a lot of Republican legislators agree with him in private.