Iowa Republican Representative Steve King has made many reprehensible comments in the past. However, comments he made in a recent interview on CNN’s New Day might be some of the worst yet.
Steve King suggests that the $1.6 billion allocated for the wall is simply not enough and advises that another $5 billion be set aside for the wall’s construction. But where does one find an extra $5 billion dollars just lying around?
“I would find half of a billion dollars of that right out of Planned Parenthood’s budget,” The Washington Examiner quoted King as saying.
“And the rest of it could come out of food stamps and the entitlements that are being spread out for people who haven’t worked in three generations.”
“People that haven’t worked in three generations.” Just what people is Steve King referring to? Perhaps it’s the rural Americans that voted for Donald Trump who happen to live in parts of the country where jobs have been in steep decline for the last 50 years.
Or maybe he is sticking to his white nationalist positions and blaming it all on people of color. It’s no secret Steve King is a bit of a racist and staunchly anti-immigrant.
Taking half a billion dollars away from Planned Parenthood will severely limit the number of women that visit the non-profit organization every day for everything from prenatal care to mammograms. But Steve King doesn’t have breasts and he certainly doesn’t have to bear children so why should he care? In fact, Steve King has health insurance paid for by the American people. Some of the best health coverage in the United States, actually.
Neither Steve King nor his family has to worry about where their next meal comes from or how they will pay for their medical treatment. The King family doesn’t have to fear bearing children with severe birth defects due to a lack of prenatal care.
And what is his justification?
According to The Hill:
“Now we have a problem of obesity,” he said. “And when you match up the [Electronics Benefits Transfer] card with what the scales say on some of the folks, I think it’s worth looking at. [Former first lady] Michelle Obama looked at it, Republicans should be able to look at it too.”
Quite frankly Steve King just might be the worst Republican in the entire party.
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