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:
Ex-prosecutor explains why Trump feels like he can lie about Robert Mueller
On Wednesday, former U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara told CNN's Wolf Blitzer that Trump is everything he accuses special counsel Robert Mueller of being — and he feels confident in gaslighting the American people because he knows no one has the ability to challenge him on it.
"The president falsely accused Mueller of illegally deleting anti-Trump text messages between two former FBI employees," said Blitzer. "In fact, those messages were wiped from government phones by the Justice Department in accordance with longstanding department policy. What's your reaction to that baseless, personal attack from the president on Mueller?"
WATCH LIVE: Livestream of first #DemDebate with 10 presidential hopefuls
Sens. Elizabeth Warren, Corey Booker and former Rep. Beto O’Rourke are just three of the ten Democrats who will appear on the debate stage in Miami Wednesday night.
Warren is clearly seen as the front-runner of this tier of candidates, and her policy-focused campaign has helped her stand out from typical politicians speaking in broad platitudes and empty promises made but rarely kept.
The Democrats are set to take the stage at 9 p.m. EST and will speak in 60-second sound-bytes for two hours, the rules state. Prior to the debate, two candidates went to one of the ports of entry and immigration is likely to be a key issue in the discussion.
Democrats believe Mueller testimony could be tipping point for impeachment: CNN
On Wednesday, CNN congressional correspondent Manu Raju reported that some House Democrats view special counsel Robert Mueller's upcoming public testimony to the House Intelligence and Judiciary Committees in July as a potential tipping point that could sway both Democratic leaders and the American people in favor of opening an impeachment probe.
"Democrats who support opening up an impeachment inquiry believe this could bolster the calls to open up formal proceedings, perhaps shift public opinion, perhaps encourage the House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to move off of her opposition to opening up an impeachment probe because of what Bob Mueller will say," said Raju.