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Rep. King: Uighurs ‘wasting away in MargaUighurville.’

By Lee Fang on June 16, 2009 at 3:30 pm

"Rep. King: Uighurs ‘wasting away in MargaUighurville.’"

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The closing of the Guantanamo Bay detention center has provoked a curious form of hyperbole from Rep. Steve King (R-IA). Speaking on the House floor yesterday, King reacted to the news that the innocent Uighur detainees held in Guanatnamo were released in Bermuda with this comment:

KING: We could avoid this criticism and shut down an operation that has actually been built up to accommodate the people that are there now, including the Uighurs, who are now wasting away in MargaUighurville from what I understand. I can’t even say it because I get Jimmy Buffett and Warren Buffett mixed up, I think.

King was referring to Jimmy Buffett’s song “MargaritaVille.” Rep. John Carter (R-TX) snickered at King’s remark, adding, “That was good. I like that.” Watch it:

Earlier this year, King outrageously claimed that the closing would provide 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed a “path to citizenship.”

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