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A 'King' Size Problem: What Do Hitler and Cantaloupes Have in Common?

Congressman Steve King is attracting the wrong kind of attention for his comments about illegal immigrants. If you haven’t heard what he said to Newsmax, here’s the quote:

“For every one who's a valedictorian, there's another 100 out there that, they weigh 130 pounds and they've got calves the size of cantaloupes because they're hauling 75 pounds of marijuana across the desert… Those people would be legalized with the same act."

Look, just like you should never invoke the name “Hitler” or the word “Nazi” in any comparison, the same holds true for the line, “They've got calves the size of cantaloupes.” Oy-gevalt!!

Obviously King has a point about illegals and drug smuggling but c’mon! Don’t resort to stereotypes. That only plays into the mainstream media’s hands and gives them a 15-second soundbite without any context.

I realize he was talking to the conservative Newsmax but it doesn’t matter. Comments like that were bound to be picked up. King shouldn’t make it so easy for the media.

On CNN, he doubled down and explained his comments further saying, "Every night there are dozens and scores of people that are smuggling drugs across our border. I've been down there multiple times. I've sat along the border at night…This isn't something made up in thin air. I've seen it with my eyes and watched the data and video that support what I say, and the longer this dialogue goes, the more the American people will understand what I'm saying is factually correct."

King may have the facts on his side but he needs to take a lesson in Media Management 101. Remember, perception is reality. And one more thing: Enough with the cantaloupe references!

Print     Email to a Friend    posted on Thursday, July 25, 2013 9:26 AM

Comments on this post

# RE: A "King" Size Problem: What Do Hitler and Cantaloupes Have in Common?

No, he does not have a point. Sitting on the border watching drug smugglers go by, how could he tell that they were DREAMers, or even people who live in America? Heck, assume for a minute that the few smugglers he did see happened to be DREAMers. Even so, that would not provide any basis for his implication that drug smuggling is widespread among this population. This a classic example of the illogic and suspicion that define bigotry. The media is not the bad guy here. Steve King is.
Left by Dan on Jul 25, 2013 11:25 AM

# RE: A 'King' Size Problem: What Do Hitler and Cantaloupes Have in Common?

If even the Congressmen can see the drugs being smuggled in then why isn't there more of a cry to secure the boarder? These people are desperate for a new life I understand that, but they are the real victims of the drug smugglers. Secure our boarders first and go after the smugglers. We can't support the whole world coming over our boarders. Wise up DC!
Left by KellieC on Jul 26, 2013 12:25 AM