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.