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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