Good times at the old Iowa fundraiser with Steve King and Rand Paul Monday. There they were, eating their burgers, beckoning to all those good Iowa supporters to come on in when suddenly Erika Andiola and Cesar Vargas were standing before him.
Erika introduced herself to Rep. King as a DREAMER. Hilarity ensued. Watch Rand Paul shovel that burger in his mouth before running as fast as his little legs could carry him to anywhere other than there.
Rand Paul understands the price he would pay in 2016 if he's caught on video during this confrontation and says nothing, so he takes off.
Steve King, on the other hand, was a patronizing SOB. First he tries to excuse his disgusting remark about cantaloupe calves by saying he was talking about drug dealers, and clearly she's not a drug dealer.
Then he refuses Erika's offer of her DACA card, which she says he can have since he wants to deport all the DREAMers. King acknowledges that she "understands the English language" to which she reminds him that she was "raised in the United States."
Another moment of hilarity ensues when King says he called out drug smugglers. "You're not going to tell me you're one of them, are you?" Laughing, Erika asks him if she looks like a drug smuggler. Several times he repeated his claim that he was limiting those remarks to drug smugglers only.
Except he wasn't. Here's what he said. "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."
So to be clear, King was speaking of undocumented immigrants, the majority of which he believes to be drug smugglers. But even if we grant him the benefit of the doubt in that instance, there are his remarks telling DREAMers that he'd rather ship them all over the border to Tijuana than allow them to serve in the armed forces. Or the time he compared immigrants to dogs. Even dog lovers see the insult in that.
Still, King condescended to her in every way possible before just becoming openly hostile and telling both of them they were lawbreakers who deserved no special treatment and going off on how President Obama was a lawless Kenyan, too. (Ok, I added the Kenyan part.)
Oh yes, Republicans, immigration is going to matter. Maybe it won't be the one thing that changes 2014, but you can bet it will be pivotal in 2016. Take that to the bank.
Here's a little poem Heather and I put together on the spot for Big Chicken Rand Paul:
There once was a man named Rand Paul
Who ran like a coward from DREAMers one and all.
He gobbled his burger
Pretended he never heard her
And hid at the end of the hall.
Ok, it's corny. But they were in Iowa, after all.