Hispanic Republican strategist Ana Navarro blasted Rep. Steve King (R-IA) on Sunday and suggested that he might want to “get some therapy for his melon fixation” after the congressman said that many undocumented immigrants had “calves the size of cantaloupes” because they were drug runners.
During a panel segment on Meet the Press, NBC’s David Gregory told King that his assertion that many immigrations had “calves the size of cantaloupes because they’ve been hauling 75 pounds of marijuana across the desert” had been debunked.
“My numbers have not been debunked,” King insisted. “My characterization was exclusively to drug smugglers, and anybody that understands the language and the culture should be able to watch that tape and know that.”
“I think that Congressman King should go get himself some therapy for his melon fixation,” Navarro replied. “I think there might be medication for that. I think he’s a mediocre congressman with no legislative record and the only time he makes national press is when he comes out and says something offensive about the undocumented or Hispanics.”
“I spoke only of drug smugglers, and if Ana understands the language she should know that,” King shot back. “I didn’t insult her, I didn’t insult other Republicans and I didn’t violate the 11th Commandment, that Reagan gave to us.”
“I’m not undocumented, Congressman, I vote,” Navarro interrupted.
“We need to secure the border first, restore the rule of law, then we can have this discussion that you want to get to,” King remarked. “And not be insulting people in the process.”
“You’re going to talk to me about insulting people, Congressman?” Navarro asked.
Watch this video from NBC’s Meet the Press, uploaded Aug. 11, 2013.
(h/t: Think Progress)