Republican Steve King Claims Ronald Reagan Gave 15 Million Votes to President Obama

Steve-KingYou know it’s bad to be a Republican these days when they’re starting to throw Ronald Reagan under the proverbial bus to attack President Obama.

But that’s exactly what Iowa Republican Steve King recently did.

In an outlandish accusation on the House floor, King stated that the Immigration Reform and Control Act signed in 1986 by Reagan led to 15 million Latino votes for President Obama—which gave him the election.

First, this is just ridiculous, and Politifact quickly listed it as “False” on their fact-checking website.  To try and tie one law, signed 27 years earlier, to 15 million votes being cast for President Obama is just asinine.  Politifact estimates that the law might have led to around 300,000 votes for President Obama, a far cry from the 15 million King claims.

Second, can Republicans please try and hide their racism a little better?  Maybe if they did, they wouldn’t need to worry about 71% of Latino voters supporting Obama.

These Republican politicians are so desperate to avoid having to face the reality that their party is on the verge of complete collapse, that they’re now resorting to blaming Ronald Reagan for President Obama’s successful elections.  It’s all Reagan’s fault.  Seriously.

After all, as Congressman King states, “Ronald Reagan’s signature on the 1986 amnesty act brought about Barack Obama’s election.  If we take 15 million people out of the rolls and say they wouldn’t have been here without the 1986 amnesty act, or at least they wouldn’t be voting, and if 71 percent of them voted for Barack Obama, then it’s clear to anybody that can do any kind of statistical analysis that Barack Obama wouldn’t be President of the United States without Ronald Reagan’s 1986 amnesty act.”

Well, at least he’s not blaming Obama for the Immigration Reform and Control Act signed in 1986.  After all, it seems Republicans like to blame Obama for everything, especially things that happened before he even took office—specifically things they caused.

The fact of the matter is this—Republicans are going to either have to face reality, or face extinction.

They can continue to try and deny reality all they want, but at the end of the day the Latino vote is going to continue to grow, African Americans are going to have a bigger influence on elections, women are outvoting men and America’s youth will continue to become more politically involved.

None of which is good news for Republicans.

Maybe those facts staring the GOP right in the face are the driving force that would cause someone within their own party to bash the sacred “conservative hero” Ronald Reagan, more or less blaming him for Obama’s presidency.

But while many within the GOP like to deny evolution because it makes for good politics when pandering to their right-wing evangelical base, these Republican politicians need to pay close attention to evolution.

Because if they don’t evolve soon, they’re going to cease to exist.

And you know what?  If they want to continue on this radical right-wing path to insanity, their extinction would be just fine by me.

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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  • SMH

    so basically all he was saying was “if Reagan had kept this country white, we would have been better off”. Pure racism and I’m really sick of it. Do these buffoons realize that they are giving their whole party a bad name? Losing credibility fast!

  • ShoreBudMike

    Yeah. And then they nominate some Moron (is there a letter missing?) who wonders why the windows on airplanes don’t open.

    • Debra Baker

      good one

    • Robyn

      Or who spells America as “Amercia”…

      Or who can’t relate to “binders full of women”…

      Or who insults 47% of Americans who “pay no income tax” and inclined to vote for Obama…

      Or whose bitchy wife pleads to the nation, “Stop it! This is hard!”

      • Benjamin Spider

        Who only got 47% of the vote.

  • Tom Birmingham

    Well when it wasn’t hispanics and blacks it was the Irish and Italians. Let’s face it folks, racism is as American as apple pie. Why would we ever expect that to change? For people to endeavor for higher and nobler causes? To put aside race and religion and endeavor to make a better nation?

    • James Dunn Jr

      Well the thing is we can overcome it because if folks listened to fools like that Obama wouldnt be in office so we can ovr come it do whats right for America and we all see GOP is not it smh

  • Iowa Born and Bred

    Again he shames the state of IOWA! So sorry

  • Mr. Smith

    There is a good bit of irony for you, the party that doesn’t believe in evolution becomes extinct due to their inability to evolve. Its for the best, the right wing nut jobs are welcome to destroy themselves but they have no business taking the rest of us with them.

  • Bookwench

    Of course, the irony is that if Repubs had continued the immigration work that Reagan signed, those Latinos might have voted Republican. But, they didn’t, and whose fault is that?

  • RRuin

    I’d like to think this jerk knows how racist he is, but I don’t think he does. He thinks he’s a “real” American as opposed to the OTHER, meaning anyone who isn’t White, straight, Christian and preferably MALE.

  • suburbancuurmudgeon

    The GOP devouring their own. How delicious!

  • Why does your average Republican make such moronic statements?

    • Victor Espinosa

      not the average republican, I know a few that aren’t complete pea-brains, or racist assholes, they’re just fiscally conservative. THESE guys that are getting elected are just fucking insane though! its the radical right that is destroying the party and still trying to destroy this country.

      • Pat n

        Then why does the average republican, who is just fiscally conservative go along with and vote the same as the pea-brain, or racist A-holes. It makes no since to me.

  • L Eliot

    When will these douche bags realize that they gave Obama the election because of their anal retentive dark age ignorant non inclusive mentality????

    • Debra Baker

      I couldn’t have said it better

  • TPR

    I would love to see the republican party go belly up and then maybe we can have Democracy in this country.

  • patricia spinazzola

    See? HE is one of the many reasons, when my husband renewed his driver’s license, also changed from Republican to Independent on his voter registration. If more sane GOP’ers would do that, that party would quickly become irrelevant. Keep it up, guys, you will lose even more registered voters who actually DO go to the polls.

  • James Dunn Jr

    Well if you want to get rid of guys like this then its time to vote Dem or independent in the congress so 2014 is around the corner 2016 get the right senate and governess in office guys

  • kyranlis

    What will they come up with next?

    • Iowa Born and Bred

      I always feel the need to tell people that not all Iowans are stupid. Steve King is a total embarrassment to the State Of Iowa. I did not vote for the idiot.

  • Katherine Weaver

    Here I thought Romney lost the election because he was genuinely stupid and thought it was ok to let the population know that he hated a huge portion of them. Republicans are becoming extinct and rightfully so, it’s hard too lie so much with technology letting everyone see everything.

  • James Daley

    The hatred for the president is blatant and apparent. Pres. Obama could single-handedly save nuns, old people and orphans from a burning bus ready to sink into a river and the GOP would still say well he didn’t save the bus.