Rep. Steve King (R-IA) defended President Donald Trump’s recent praise of Vladimir Putin, noting that the Russian president had not killed a famous dissident, Garry Kasparov, who fled to New York City.
During an interview with Fox News host Bill O’Reilly, Trump dismissed the murder of journalists in Russia, arguing that the United States was not “so innocent” either.
King told CNN on Sunday that Trump’s critics were overreacting.
“I don’t think his words came out very well,” he explained. “I agree that there is no a moral equivalency between the United States and Russia, although when I listened to one of the senators that said Putin is against freedom of religion, he’s actually been opening things up for the expansion of especially the Russian Orthodox Church.”
“They’re not much for freedom of the press,” King admitted. “But since, I would say, [chess champion and Putin opponent] Garry Kasparov, now he lives in the United States but he lived for a long time in Russia and had a very loud megaphone against the regime and he’s still alive and well.”
“Donald Trump has played a complex gambit in the Art of the Deal, and so I say, let’s see how this comes out.”
King also backed Trump’s claim that 3 to 5 million undocumented immigrants voted illegally.
“For anyone to say that there’s zero evidence [of voter fraud], what can that possibly mean?” he opined. “How would they have been able to scan all information available and come to the conclusion that it’s completely devoid of any evidence whatsoever. It might be they are not aware of any or they don’t want to admit to any evidence.”
Repeating an argument he first made on MSNBC last month, King said that he had “extrapolated” voter fraud calculations from “surveys” of several counties in Virginia.
“I took the data that was available and the survey that took place primarily in Virginia and just did a little calculation and came up with what was a calculation,” he remarked. “I figured it out. There was an extrapolation that said, what could the scope of this be? And what we’ve seen in the survey of the people that confessed to be illegally voting in the state of Virginia, you extrapolate that across the country, given the data that’s available, what could we conceivably be talking about? And I came up with a number of 2.5 million [illegal votes].”
“And by the way, in defense of extrapolations, polling is an extrapolation and TV ratings are extrapolations,” King added. “So I think that’s in the zone. Let’s find out with some more solid data. It’s too important to turn a blind eye to it.”
Watch the video below from CNN, broadcast Feb. 5, 2017.
Confused Trump can’t stop talking about the new military ‘hydrosonic’ toothbrush missile
President Donald Trump spent some of his time at his Ohio rally Saturday, saying that under his leadership, the military has developed a secret hydrosonic missile.
There's just one problem: Hydrosonic is a toothbrush.
The Hydrosonic Pro is a Curaprox product that boasts "ultra-fine, gentle CUREN® filaments."Hypersonic missiles are weapons that can travel at 17 times the speed of sound and Navy warships will be outfitted with them. Trump also seems confused about the facts, saying that the missile travels at five times the speed of normal missiles.
Trump teases he may not have a peaceful transfer of power if he loses
President Donald Trump was aghast when he was asked in the presidential debates if he would agree to a peaceful transfer of power.
The moment in the debate came when he dodged the question for weeks, refusing to agree to the long-standing tradition of presidents handing over the reins to the next leader.
"Well, we'll have to see what happens," Trump told reporters during a White House news conference. "You know that."
After weeks of bad press about it, Trump said he would agree to it.
"They spied heavily on my campaign and they tried to take down a duly elected sitting president, and then they talk about 'will you accept a peaceful transfer?' And the answer is, yes, I will, but I want it to be an honest election and so does everybody else," Trump said, adding, "When I see thousands of ballots dumped in a garbage can and they happen to have my name on it, I'm not happy about it."
‘Jarring’: PA Trump fans attack polls making so much noise poll workers couldn’t read instructions to voters
One Pennsylvania polling place fell under a full out attack on those standing in line to vote and trying to cast a ballot on Saturday.
In a Twitter thread, Behavioral Economist Alex Imas explained that while he was casting his ballot on the outskirts of Philadelphia County, PA Saturday, a parade of semis and other cars surrounded the polling place, laying on their horns.
"I arrived just as polling place opened. Short line. Thought I'd be in and out in 20 minutes tops. Even w/ this short line, it took 2+ hours," he explained.
"Then the next Semi followed, then the 3rd," he continued. "A motorcade of semis, jeeps, and a few sedans drove down the road. All honking. All flying Trump 2020 flags. With people yelling out the window. This motorcade snaked around the polling place the entire time I was there (2 hrs)."