Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, was confronted on Sunday by Jorge Ramos of the Spanish-language network, Univision, about a speech that he made in 2012 that compared immigrants to dogs.
“No I didn’t, that’s a mischaracterization," King said, noted ABC News (video below). "Look at the original source. That didn’t happen.”
“I read it," Ramos said. "And many people found it offensive.”
"People write things on the internet all the time, but did you watch the video, the full video?" King said. "That speech was about celebrating legal immigration.”
“It was not a celebration," Ramos said. "In a town hall meeting in Iowa, you actually compared immigrants to dogs. And many people would find that offensive and racist."
“I thought you would probably repeat yourself on that," King said. "I told you if you watch that video you would know that was a speech celebrating legal immigrants. Legal, not illegal immigrants. Legal immigrants. And I said they are the cream of the crop.”
“So you don’t want to apologize because of that comment?” Ramos asked.
“I said that speech was about the vigor of legal immigration," King said. "It was a very complimentary speech and, no, I did not do that."
King went on to blame liberal bloggers for this story, but he did compare immigrants to bird dogs in May of 2012, as reported Salon.com (video below).
While giving a speech at a Town Hall in Pocahontas, Iowa, in 2012, King said:
And you put out a beacon like the Statue of Liberty and who comes here? The most vigorous from every country that has donated legal immigrants to the United States of America. We got the cream of the crop. We've always had bird dogs around our place and right now in our family, there is a black lab, a white lab, a yellow lab and my brother has a chocolate lab.
You go in and you look at a litter of pups and you watch them, how they play, run around a little bit. And what do you want? You want a good bird dog? You want one that’s going to be aggressive? Pick the one that’s the friskiest, the one that’s going to be engaged the most, not the one that’s over there sleeping in the corner. If you want a lab to sit on the couch, get the one who is sleeping in the corner. So you get the pick of the litter and you got yourself a pretty good bird dog.
We got the pick of every donor civilization on the planet because it's hard to get here, they had to be inspired to come. We got the vigor of the planet to come to America, whichever generation it was and we taught our children that same thing.