Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) recently compared himself to 'Duck Dynasty" reality TV star Phil Robertson in a fundraising email to his supporters.
According to the Des Moines Register, Rep. King tried to paint himself and Robertson as victims of left wing "intolerance."
Robertson made headlines late last year when he compared gay people to terrorists and claimed that black people were "happy" while living under racist Jim Crow laws.
"I have been in similar situations to the one Phil Robertson finds himself in now," wrote Rep. King. "I have learned to navigate their intolerance while holding firm to our values."
"...Tolerance has never been a two-way street with the left," claimed Rep. King. "Time and time again conservatives are lambasted for stating their opinions, the opinions derived from faith, family, and an understanding of history. Once again the left encourages a double standard to advance their agenda."
Rep. King did not mention in his email how he claimed in 2013 that the majority of undocumented immigrants are drug runners with “calves the size of cantaloupes.”
RightWingWatch.org reports that Rep. King stated, “For every one who’s a valedictorian, there’s another hundred out there who they weigh 130 pounds and they’ve got calves the size of cantaloupes because they’ve been hauling 75 pounds of marijuana across the desert.”
In 2012, Rep. King compared immigrants to bird dogs, noted Mediaite.com: “You want a good bird dog? You want one that’s going to be aggressive? Pick the one that’s the friskiest…not the one that’s over there sleeping in the corner…You get the pick of the litter and you got yourself a pretty good bird dog. Well, we’ve got the pick of every donor civilization on the planet.”