GOP Rep. Steve King Defends Donald Trump's Mexican 'Rapists' Statements (Video)

| by Michael Allen

Republican Rep. Steve King of Iowa defended Donald Trump's controversial remarks about Mexican immigrants being "rapists" today on CNN.

King, who has made his own derogatory remarks about immigrants, told CNN host Chris Cuomo (video below):

Well, I would say to Donald Trump, I appreciate the scrappiness of him. When he’s attacked by other people, he counterattacks and plunges forward and he delivers more facts to support the statement that he’s made.

Trump told CNN's Don Lemon tonight that his numbers about Mexican rapists come from a Fusion article, noted

A 2014 Fusion article states: "Before they can reach the American Dream, many migrant women have to survive a Mexican nightmare. A staggering 80 percent of Central American girls and women crossing Mexico en route to the United States are raped along the way, according to directors of migrant shelters interviewed by Fusion … Perpetrators can be coyotes, other migrants, bandits, or even government authorities."

King added:

So, I’d say in Donald Trump’s defense, somebody is doing that to these kids that are being raped and abused. And, when they’re coming across Mexico, it’s a reasonable assumption to conclude the people doing that are Mexicans.

However, Cuomo told King that the "net immigration" from Mexico to the U.S. had dropped to "almost zero" because of the economy.

Cuomo also stated:

And saying that someone is raped on their way immigrating to America is different than saying they are a rapist. You get the distinction.  And saying that you care about border security is one thing. Saying that the people that come across this border are rapists, druggies and criminals is not just statistically untrue, but just unfair on some level, don’t you agree with that?

King claimed that both sides of the issue were being distorted, and that Trump didn't say that most Mexicans are rapists.

While Trump never said "most," but he didn't make a distinction on the proportion in the original statement or when he was asked by MSNBC.

Sources: CNN,, Fusion
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