In a dog-eat-dog world, Stephen Colbert said Tuesday, Rep. Steve King (R-IA) should be applauded for standing up to the “puppy-huggers” at the Humane Society, before playing last week’s tele-town hall event where King defended his introduction of legislature that would undercut animal-cruelty laws. (Warning: graphic image)
“When the legislation that passed in the farm bill that says that it’s a federal crime to watch animals fight or to induce someone else to watch an animal fight but it’s not a federal crime to induce somebody to watch people fighting, there’s something wrong with the priorities of people that think like that,” King said at the time, adding that he did not believe animals “should be raised above human beings.”
Colbert backed King up, asking, “If two consenting adults want to fight under the auspices of the WBA [World Boxing Association], why not two consenting dogs?”
Colbert then played an Aug. 1 video where King defended his argument, where he somehow tied the issue to a story about a sexual predator impregnating a teen victim, then taking her across the border and forcing her to have an abortion to cover up the crime and said that was not against the law. (It turns out that that entire scenario is against the law.)
But in a world where humans do cruel things to each other, Colbert explained, King is saying they should be allowed to be cruel to animals, too.
“Why can’t Steve King watch dogs have sex for money?,” Colbert asked. “For that matter, why can’t I watch Steve King have sex with a dog? Stop putting dogs above Steve King – I’m sure he’d be the top!”
Watch Colbert’s commentary, aired Tuesday on The Colbert Report, below: