Eight months after his controversial comments about DREAMer’s, claiming “hundreds” out there with “calves the size of cantaloupes” hauling drugs over the border, Rep. Steve King (R-IA) maintains that what he said is “objectively true.”
According to Roll Call, King recently sat down for an interview with the Spencer Daily Reporter, where he defended his comments stating that, despite the criticism directed at him, he changed the debate about the immigration reform.
“I’m not going to apologize. What I’ve said is objectively true, and any time that Republicans have criticized me, it’s not because of what I said, it’s because they disagree with my agenda,” said King.
In his comments to conservative website Newmax last July, King asserted that, “For everyone who’s a valedictorian, there’s another 100 out there who weigh 130 pounds — and they’ve got calves the size of cantaloupes because they’re hauling 75 pounds of marijuana across the desert.”
Despite criticism from both the left and right for his comments, King claims that his words were effective in changing how the left discusses the DREAM act and immigration reform.
“I’ve laid out, and sometimes I’ve made the point for years, and they weren’t listening,” King explained. “So I found another way to get them to pay attention. So, for example, [Senate Majority Whip] Dick Durbin, as far as I know, no longer describes the dreamers as valedictorians. We’ve corrected that major flaw and sometimes we have to, otherwise it distorts the public’s understanding.”
House Speaker John Boehner recently said immigration reform is unlikely in 2014.