Rep. Steve King Holds “Massive” Anti-Immigration Rally — Only 60 People Actually Show Up

stevekingIn what can only be described as an absolute embarrassment, Iowa Representative Steve King appeared in Virginia on his anti-immigration tour, where Politico reported only about 60 people actually showed up.

Ouch.

Many should remember King’s recent controversial comments on illegal immigration and immigration reform:

There are kids that were brought into this country by their parents unknowing they were breaking the law. And they will say to me and others who defend the rule of law, ‘We have to do something about the 11 million. Some of them are valedictorians.’ Well, my answer to that is…it’s true in some cases, but they aren’t all valedictorians. They weren’t all brought in by their parents. For every one who’s a valedictorian, there’s another 100 out there who weigh 130 pounds and they’ve got calves the size of cantaloupes because they’re hauling 75 pounds of marijuana across the desert. Those people would be legalized with the same act.

See, Republicans have had to toe the line with their right-wing radical base when it comes to immigration reform.  While it’s supported by the majority of Americans, and even Republican moderates, they rely on their radical base to win their primary elections.

And as most rational people know, the conservative right-wing radical base contains a lot of racism and anti-immigrant sentiment.

So what many within the GOP have chosen to do is keep quiet for now on immigration reform.  Instead, they’ve chose to continue their fear mongering about the Affordable Care Act or perpetuating their lies about our economy.

And while many Republicans have distanced themselves from King following these comments, I can’t help but feel the majority of them privately feel the same way he does.

Sure, many Republicans have publicly endorsed some form of sensible immigration reform, but as King pointed out to Politico, a year ago almost everyone in his conference agreed with him.

Heck, it was only about a year ago that Mitt Romney (Remember him? The 2012 Republican Presidential candidate) openly endorsed the idea of “self deportation.”  You know, the idea where we make life in the United States so unbearable for anyone who might be here illegally that they voluntarily return to their home countries.

However, now many Republicans want to act as if they’re enlightened when it comes to immigration reform.  Amazing how that happens when you get your butts kicked in the 2012 election and your strategists begin telling you that your party is doomed unless they start attempting to appeal to Latino voters.

Oh, now immigration reform is something many Republicans support.

So while Steve King’s comments are ridiculous, and his “massive” rally in Virginia that a total of  60 people showed up to just displays how little support his rhetoric has with most Americans, I still believe his outlandish comments represent the true feelings of most within the Republican party.

Because while they may distance themselves now, and wish King would just stop making public comments about his feelings on possible immigration reform, I fully believe Rep. King when he says nearly every member of his conference agreed with him just last year.

And I believe there’s only one reason why many Republicans have suddenly decided to change their minds as it relates to immigration reform — following the 2012 election, they realized they must attempt to appeal to more Latino voters if they ever want to stand a chance at winning the White House again.

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.

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  • ErmaL

    Average age, 65, with tea bags hanging from brim of hats and “Govermint out of my Medicare!” signs in their garages..

    • suburbancuurmudgeon

      No, that’s “gummint!”

  • Lord Havoc

    Probably because those were the only legal citizens around!! LOL

    • louis

      all of us come from “illegal immigrants” we stole this land from the Indians. Why was it ok for your ancestors to come here but no one elses? What gives you the right to tell anyone that they cant do exactly what your family did? because your greedy, and a sociopath.period.

  • alanolson270

    Should have had free hot dogs.

  • Dale Mulkey

    they cant count over 100 so 60 would be a huge crowd

  • Sisu Nichols

    I believe the reason many republicans are distancing themselves is because 2014 elections loom ever closer. They’re hoping Americans have short memory spans….

    • suburbancuurmudgeon

      But we don’t…

  • ron

    Rep. Kings statements were ignorant no doubt, but I find every one of your columns so completely biased towards the other side that I find it difficult to believe that you don’t see the irony in the fact that you are just as blindly left as those you criticize are blindly following the right.
    Why can’t anyone seem to find a middle ground and admit that both sides have some serious issues.

    And when it comes to “immigration reform” I say this. “If someone breaks into my house, how long do they have to hide until they are a part of my family.” Why should we simply overlook the ILLEGAL part of illegal immigrants? That doesn’t make me anti-immigration, it makes me anti ILLEGAL immigration.

    • Jax

      Perfectly said as I have been thinking the exact same thing !

    • louis

      how can we establish a “middle ground” for hate of the poor, anyone that isn’t white and full of beliefs based on the king James bible? I hear this argument all the time of why cant we be more partisan? how do you compromise on pure hatred for most Americans? its impossible. its like trying to get along with Hittler. you just cant. His views and ideals were anti humane. its the same thing with the far right. or to be honest republicans in general. If republicans weren’t so anti anyone different then them, then perhaps we could. In this day and age, being for equality (pro gay marriage, income equality, fair and equal access to healthcare and education) automatically puts you on the left. republicans do not believe that every man is created equal. Don’t get me wrong, I think democrats are just as corrupt. They are bought and paid for by the same corporations that republicans are bribed by. they have the same type of lobbyists. the problem with America is that money supersedes all. Its every man for themselves. The first thing republicans need to stop doing, is trying to legislate from the bible. then, they need to stop worshiping the almighty dollar. This country is heading towards another civil war. Only this time its going to be the Rich versus the poor. republicans do not care about everyone, neither do democrats. Its just democrats have figured out that they are better off pretending the do, rather that trying to convert people to their own views and casting out the unconverted. republicans are much more open about their hate, in my opinion that’s the only real difference anymore. Dems. will give you enough to keep hanging on but not thrive. the GOP doesn’t want to give anything to anyone that they consider is an outsider. In my opinion, we need to get rid of our bullshit 2 party system. the sooner we have elected officials that realize that we are all entitled equally to our resources, the faster this country will heal. however, we have too many just trying to seize control and get what they can for themselves. In reality, there’s enough for everyone. it just seems like their isn’t because of mass hoarding. just my opinion.

      • ron

        I completely agree with your disdain for the two party system and I think we are doomed if we don’t fix that. What I don’t agree with is painting ALL Republicans with the broad brush that you and many others seem to. Not ALL Republicans fit into the categorization that you put them in, in fact I think most don’t.
        My biggest gripe with politics today is that so many people categorize themselves as fiscally conservative and socially liberal (myself included) but there is no candidate or party that represents that view. So……..we end up choosing what’s the most important to us and resign ourselves to backing a candidate that doesn’t represent our views on one or the other.
        It’s maddening.

    • Terry Kerkman

      And why should we overlook the companies that didn’t pay taxes or provide a minimum wage to the immigrant workers they hired. They want the immigrants to pay back taxes? In my estimation the companies owe America the taxes they never paid and the back pay for the difference in what is owe to pay the minimum wage. Where is that conversation?

      • suburbancuurmudgeon

        “Illegal” immigrants working here pay federal taxes and into social security if they are working under a fake payroll name. They just don’t get any of the benefits.

    • suburbancuurmudgeon

      Uh, unless you are a Native American, you are an illegal immigrant, Kemosabe.

      And how have these people really affected you. Bloomberg was the only one honest enough to say “If we deported all these people, New York City would be in deep trouble.”

    • WILLDYE4U

      In a perfect world, your theory would work,
      but when one side’s ONLY answer is NO! NO! NO!
      we have a problem. When one side’s ONLY mission
      is to make sure this PRESIDENT fails, the whole
      Country suffers, but THEY don’t care about US.
      They have tunnel vision. Their strategy?
      Sink the ship to drown the Captain.
      Their HATE for this man is stronger than their
      love of America and her People! To them,
      compromise is a 4 letter word.
      The answer, FIRE THEM! They work for US!
      Let’s rally as we did in 2012 and elect people
      who will help our President help America move
      FORWARD!

    • Terry Kerkman

      What do you purpose we should do to the legal companies that hire immigrants under the minimum wage? Look the other way, like we have been doing.

    • Cemetery Girl

      My ancestors came to this country from roughly 1760’s through 1905. They were able to do so “legally”, although the concept of legal immigration was much simpler. Many of them it was strictly of braving and surviving the voyage, which they would have been counted as cargo, and once they landed they were legal. But bigotry raised its ugly head. My earliest ancestors to immigrate were German, the first cultural group (of immigrants) to be question regarding their influence on America. Over time laws were made concerning caps on ethnic groups. Our laws are a reflection of what groups are feared at that time.

  • vigorousatheist

    I want to know why an advertisement for Texas republican John Cornyn’s “Defund Obamacare” campaign is on a website called ForwardProgressives.
    Seriously.

    Is it just me?

    • suburbancuurmudgeon

      Because I doubt he has any control over the ads.

      • Guest

        Well thinkprogressive SHOULD control which ads are displayed because it’s very offputting to see such nonsense being advertised on a website that I respect so much. The goal of this website is obviously to fight the fight that us progressives/liberals are fighting, so advertising a right-wing factless propaganda campaign makes just as much sense as the ASPCA having a dog fighting advertisement on THEIR website.

      • vigorousatheist

        Well forwardprogressive SHOULD control which ads are displayed because it’s very offputting to see such nonsense being advertised on a website that I respect so much. The goal of this website is obviously to fight the fight that us progressives/liberals are fighting, so advertising a right-wing factless propaganda campaign makes just as much sense as the ASPCA having a dog fighting advertisement on THEIR website.

  • Terry Kerkman

    And why should we overlook the companies that didn’t pay taxes or provide a minimum wage to the immigrant workers they hired. They want the immigrants to pay back taxes? In my estimation the companies owe America the taxes they never paid and the back pay for the difference in what is owe to pay the minimum wage. Where is that conversation? We have treated this as though immigrants come here for handouts but the facts are these companies took advantage of paying people less than what the law states.

  • WILLDYE4U

    And still, he will not get the message.
    He and his party are on the WRONG SIDE
    of ALL the current issues. Supporters are
    dying off (LITERALLY!).
    The message of fear and hate is old and stale.
    They told us the sky would fall if Barack Obama
    won. Well he did, TWICE! and guess what? The sun
    still rises in the morning, life has gone on, & things
    are better, A LOT better. The truth is, had we stayed on

    the path THEY were leading us down. We were heading
    for another Great Depression, look at the numbers
    when Obama took office and look at them now. YEA!,
    we continue to blame BUSH?CHENEY!
    We’ll stop blaming THEM when they stop being the
    reason!! STOP telling us to stop blaming BUSH!!
    We MUST remember him! It serves as a reminder of

    what will happen if we EVER let another Republican
    control our Country.
    AIN”T HAPPENIN’ FELLAS!!!

  • suburbancuurmudgeon

    King is too stupid to be embarrassed.

  • Michael Siever

    The difference between Stephen King and Steve King is that Steve King is trying to scare people who can’t read.