Rep. Steve King expressed his reasons for opposing a new hate crimes bill during an April 29 debate on the House floor. “Now, if you don’t know [someone’s sexual preference] how could I or anyone discriminate against you. If you keep those things private, there can be no discrimination. That’s what i say is the right thing to do is when it comes to sexuality, Mr. speaker.”
Jon Stewart mocked King’s argument on his show Monday. “If the gays just didn’t hold hands they wouldn’t be so damn punchable,” said Stewart.
But King’s argument didn’t end there. “One is asphyxiophilia, a sexual gratification derived from oxygen deprivation. One dare not assault one of those folks or discriminate against them in any way because because you could be subjected to a federal hate crimes legislation,” argued King.
Stewart appeared appalled at the Congressman’s remark. “Whether the law passes or not, either way, you still don’t get to hit them,” said Stewart. “That’s Steve King. Apparently complaining that this law could have a chilling effect on assault.”
This video is from Comedy Central’s The Daily Show, broadcast May 4, 2009.