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VIDEO: CNN’s Wolf Blitzer grills GOP congressman Steve King on Dream Act comments

Adding to the continued fallout from his comments about immigration, GOP congressman Steve King gained negative reactions from his own side of the aisle with John Boehner and Eric Cantor saying publicly that the remarks were reprehensible.

The comments in question were from an interview discussing the Dream Act, in which King said that for every good student benefiting from the program, there’s 100 more “with calves the size of cantaloupes because they’re hauling 75 pounds of marijuana across the desert.”

This Wednesday, King sat down with CNN’s Wolf Blitzer and continued to double down on his remarks, claiming that he’s backed up by data on the subject. He went on to charge that his critics never took the time to watch the video and properly interpret what he was trying to say. When pressed about where he’s getting his data from, King insisted that his many conversations with border patrol agents were proof that his statistics weren’t “made up out of thin air.”

Blitzer pressed him on whether he specifically said that there 100 people smuggling drugs for every “valedictorian.” King responded vaguely that he was “very clear” about what he had said, going on to say that it’s “never the kids’ fault” for the actions of their parents.

Watch the exchange in the video below.

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  1. Bob Cull

    July 25, 2013 at 5:56 pm

    So i guess what he is saying is that he said it but he isn’t going to admit he said what he said. Is that some more Newspeak?

    He obviously doesn’t know all that much about his subject matter when he says that these kids are “hauling 75 pounds of marijuana across the desert.” Very little pot is smuggled into the country anymore, it is not economically feasible. Most of the pot available in this country today is domestically grown. It is higher quality and does not require the same logistics as getting it across the border. Unlike cocaine and heroin it is not easily concealed and takes up more space per pound at a much lower cash return per pound.

    All King is interested in is demonizing all undocumented Mexicans by painting them all as drug smuggling thugs when he knows as well as everyone else that the vast majority are simply looking for a better life. They may be going about it in the wrong way but that does not make them evil drug lords.

  2. Jim Slaughter

    July 25, 2013 at 6:10 pm

    When will the GOP get RID of their members that damage their brand, like Rep. King. What an ass.

  3. Dick Marti

    July 26, 2013 at 1:21 am

    He’s not good enough to be in Congress and we have too many others like him. Vote him out.

  4. Joshio

    July 26, 2013 at 3:12 am

    Does this man understand that its not EASY to get as much studying done as you may need, get the best supplies, best schools, most attention in those schools, peaceful homes to study and grow in, all of these are factors in the amount of great students produced. All of these are much harder to achieve as an immigrant. Its not just your parents coming here for a better life, popping you out, and bam you are a super student. Someone please educate this person so he knows what us immigrants go through. We work with what we have and some do better than others. On the drug issue, yes there are drug runners but where is the demand coming from? If Americans weren’t providing the demand for the drug, then runners wouldn’t be running drugs. I suppose it is easier to just focus on the immigrants and blame them for both parts.

  5. Eugene

    July 27, 2013 at 8:30 pm

    King never said where those statistics re: Valedictorians v. drug smugglers came from. He implied it was Border agents, then said they had no way of knowing those stats. Then he goes back to say they were the ones who gave him his info. Which is it, Mr. King?

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