VIDEO: Univision reporter calls Congressman Steve King’s remarks about immigrants ‘offensive and racist’

In a tense confrontation on Univision late this week, Hispanic reporter Jorge Ramos questioned Rep. Steve King (R-IA) about remarks he made in 2012, where the congressman likened immigrants to dogs.

As Ramos pressed King on his comments, saying many people would view them as “offensive and racist,” King refused to apologize and even said that the remarks were meant as a compliment to immigrants.

In a 2012 town hall speech, King was filmed saying that America “has the pick of litter” when it comes to immigrants and it should pick the “friskier” ones, not the immigrant “that’s over there sleeping in the corner.”

Interestingly, King denied that he ever made the comparison and suggested that Ramos was misinterpreting the 2012 footage — even hinting that maybe Ramos’ alleged misunderstanding was due to a language barrier.

“Did you watch the video? People write things on the internet all the time,” King said. “But did you watch the video — the full video? That speech was about celebrating legal immigration. […] And anyone that understands the language in this culture knows that if they saw the video.”

As Ramos continued to push the issue, King claimed that the line of questioning was part of a larger attempt by the media and other pundits to “divide people by race,” reiterating his defense that the remarks were meant to compliment legal immigrants.

“You know it’s not complimentary to compare a group of immigrants to animals,” Ramos asserted.

“You know I didn’t do that if you watch the whole video,” King replied. “And I would challenge you to run the whole video on Univision. Run the whole video. Listen to the whole speech. Get a sense of what I was talking about rather than what the left wing blogs are doing. They are trying to divide us instead of let us be unified as one people in this country.”

Watch the full exchange in the video below.

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  1. Bob Cull

    July 22, 2013 at 12:17 am

    If it wasn’t such a disgusting subject, it would have been hilarious to listen to him attributing Teapub tactics to liberals. He did it while plying another oft used Teapub tactic, talking over someone who is saying something that you cannot defend in any other way.

  2. Linda Warren

    July 22, 2013 at 3:53 am

    I expect this from a Republican teabagger – we need to vote them all out of office .

  3. Trudy

    July 22, 2013 at 5:28 am

    Pitiful, absolutely pitiful.

  4. Jim Slaughter

    July 22, 2013 at 1:42 pm

    I am a fire breathing liberal and I see NOTHING WRONG with what King said! I am strongly in favor of immigration reform but when people like Ramos try to make something out of nothing it certainly doesn’t help bridge the differences between those in favor of and those opposed to immigration!

  5. Bob Cull

    July 22, 2013 at 10:24 pm

    You see nothing wrong with what that bigoted POS said, Jim? Are you kidding? He referred to immigrants as dogs, he said that he only wants the “pick of the litter” to come here. How is that not offensive and how is it “making something out of nothing” to call him on it? Personally I can’t remember ever having heard King speak that he didn’t offend me.

  6. RafaelNoRah

    August 5, 2013 at 4:33 am

    Wow. He’s a dingbat. He actually thinks folks can’t look up ENTIRE speeches. He’s like the rest of the GOP, they have no idea what they say is ACTUALLY BEING RECORDED.

    Hope he’s not in one of those gerrymandered districts where he could have sex with his dog on the steps of the Congress and get re-elected.

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