In 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.
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.