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Senator Rand Paul Bolts As Anti-Gay Rep. Steve King Insults Immigration Activists: VIDEOS

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In a video which has since gone viral, Erika Andiola and Cesar Vargas — two immigration activists advocating for the DREAM (Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors) Act — confronted Iowa Republican Representative Steve King about his anti-immigration racism.

The video has partly become viral because it also shows Kentucky Republican Senator Rand Paul choking down the first bite of his hotdog and then running away with his beer the instant he hears that Andiola and Vargas are immigration activists. Paul supports increasing fortifications along the U.S./Mexico border but does not “think any type of immigration reform will get out of Washington that includes a path to citizenship.”

In the video, Andiola hands her DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) card to King and offers him the chance to tear it up. The DACA card basically gives undocumented people like Andiola the ability to stay in the U.S. for two years at a time without the threat of deportation, something the Secretary of Homeland Security put into place on June 15, 2012. King voted to end the program barely a week ago.

KingIn response, King refuses, condescendingly compliments Andiola’s English-speaking ability as a way to insist that she’s distorting his words, and then offers the circular reasoning that undocumented people are “lawless” criminals who should not stay in the U.S. while trying to gain citizenship.

At 4:04 a man comes up and tries to tell the recorder that she’s not allowed to record their conversation. At 6:30 an onlooker starts repeatedly telling them to “go home.”

In 2013, King infamously said "For every [undocumented immigrant] who's a valedictorian, there's another 100 out there that weigh 130 pounds and they've got calves the size of cantaloupes because they're hauling 75 pounds of marijuana across the desert." He also supported Arizona's failed "license to discriminate" bill that would have allowed religious business owners to refuse service or employment to LGBT people.

Both openly gay Colorado Democratic Representative Jared Polis and pop singer Ricky Martin called King out for his comments.

The Huffington Post provides some of Andiola and Vargas’ background:

Vargas and Andiola are prominent immigration activists and co-directors of DRM Action Coalition, a Dreamer-led group that advocates for reform. Andiola worked for bisexual Rep. Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) last year after receiving work authorization through the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, but left her job in December to fight her mother's deportation proceedings. She has been in the U.S. since she was 11 years old. Vargas, who came to the U.S. at the age of 5, passed the New York bar examination but can't fulfill his goal of practicing law in the military because of his undocumented status.

Andiola and Vargas made a follow-up video during which Andiola said that King “really showed his ignorance and his hatred toward us.”

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Stephen Colbert: Please Send Gay Photos to GOP Rep. Steve King for Independent Verification — VIDEO

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Stephen Colbert is still seething over last week's religious liberty "curb stomp" by "Arizona governor and last person to see Hansel and Gretel alive" Jan Brewer.

Colbert agrees with Rep. Steve King (R-IA) that "self-professed" gays want to be refused service so they can sue people, and that the only way for gays to be protected is to have their gayness "independently verified".

So Colbert suggests that gays send photos and/or videos proving that you are gay to Steve King's office for independent verification.

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Steve King: Gays Don't Deserve Equal Rights Because Homosexuality Can't Be 'Independently Verified': VIDEO

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Congressman Steve King (R-IA) told Des Moines' WHO TV that he disagrees with Jan Brewer's veto of Arizona's SB 1062, the bill that would have allowed businesses to discriminate against gays based on religious beliefs, Right Wing Watch reports.

Said King:

"When you’re in the private sector and you’re an individual entrepreneur with God-given rights that our founding fathers defined in the Declaration, you should be able to make our own decisions on what you do in that private business."

King went on to argue that homosexuality is "self-professed behavior"

"That’s what they’re trying to protect is special rights for self-professed behavior."

King added:

“If it’s not specifically protected in the Constitution, then it’s got to be an immutable characteristic, that being a characteristic that can be independently verified and cannot be willfully changed.”

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Liberal Group Trolls Anti-Gay Congressman Steve King - VIDEO

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Repulican Rep. Steve King of Iowa has already been called out by Ricky Martin online for his bigoted remarks. Now, the liberal group American Bridge is having some fun at King's expense, and overtly mocking the congressman...on his very own official website. Granted, the group is mocking him for his remarks on immigration, not LGBT rights, but that doesn't mean we can't also be in on the joke. 

King posted the American Bridge video, which documents him using his pets as an example during a discussion of immigration law, on his site Monday as a means for soliciting donations. Below the video, King insists that:

"I complimented legal immigrants. In fact, I've even received dozens of messages from Hispanics who have watched the video letting me know it was complimentary and many of them declared their disgust for the way the left has tried to twist my words!"

King's opponents, on the other hand, claim that King was making a direct and offensive comparison between immigrants and dogs. Luckily for American Bridge, YouTube allows content creators to place annotations on their videos at any point after their video is uploaded. Those annotations will then display on top of the video across most of its platforms, including any pages choosing to embed that video. Thus, when American Bridge added some rather conspicuous pop ups to their video, those pop ups were subsequently displayed on King's site as well. 

You can view the video, pop ups and all, AFTER THE JUMP (via Politico). You can also view Steve King's page on his official site HERE

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Ricky Martin Calls Out Bigoted Rep. Steve King (R-IA) Over Racist Comments: VIDEO

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Singer and father of two Ricky Martin took to Twitter today to blast Rep. Steve King (R-IA) over his most recent racist statements in which he drew comparison between immigrants and dogs and claimed that for every one undocumented valedictorian, there are 100 undocumented drug smugglers

You may recall King is the same anti-LGBT member of Congress who said gays who want marriage rights are 'promoting the idea of desecrating the Eucharist,' and are a 'direct affront' to the Church

You can check out footage of King making the racist comments, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Rep. Todd Akin Says He'll Continue Senate Bid: AUDIO

AkinRep. Todd Akin will ignore Republican calls for him to quit his race for U.S. Senate. He tells Mike Huckabee that he'll continue on.

Said Akin: "We are going to continue with this race for U.S. Senate."

Interview, AFTER THE JUMP...

UPDATE: The National Republican Senatorial Committee says it will not support him.

“This is undoubtedly a difficult time for Congressman Akin, but the stakes in this election are far bigger than any one individual.  By staying in this race, Congressman Akin is putting at great risk many of the issues that he and others in the Republican Party are fighting for, including the repeal of ObamaCare.

“It should not be lost on anyone that some of the only voices not calling for Congressman Akin to do the right thing and step aside are Claire McCaskill and the leaders of the pro-abortion movement.   Senator McCaskill knows that the only way she wins re-election is if Todd Akin is her opponent in November.
 
“We continue to hope that Congressman Akin will do the right thing for the values he holds dear, but there should be no mistake – if he continues with this misguided campaign, it will be without the support and resources of the NRSC.”

Developing...

In related news, Rep. Steve King (R-IA) joined him earlier today in sending Republicans off a cliff:

King told an Iowa reporter he’s never heard of a child getting pregnant from statutory rape or incest.

“Well I just haven’t heard of that being a circumstance that’s been brought to me in any personal way,” King told KMEG-TV Monday, “and I’d be open to discussion about that subject matter.”

A Democratic source flagged King’s praise of Akin in the KMEG interview to TPM. But potentially more controversial for King is his suggestion that pregnancies from statutory rape or incest don’t exist or happen rarely.

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