On NBC’s Meet the Press this morning, Rep. Steve King (R-IA) once again tried to defend and justify his recent claims that most DREAMers are actually drug smugglers with “calves the size of cantaloupes.” This time, however, GOP strategist Ana Navarro was there to take him to task for his views, and suggested he need “therapy.” Here’s an excerpt of the exchange, from Think Progress:
KING: This proposes to legalize a lot of people that will include the people who are drug smugglers up to the age of 35. You cannot do a background check on people that don’t have a legal existence in their home country…
NAVARRO: First of all, I think Congressman King should get some therapy for his melon fixation. I think there might be medication for that. I think he’s a mediocre congressman with no legislative record and the only time he makes national press is when he comes out and says something offensive about the undocumented or Hispanics. And frankly, I think he’s being helpful to the immigration debate, because it is emboldening other Republicans to speak out strongly against him, people like John Boehner, Eric Cantor, Paul Ryan. We’re not going to stand anymore for the Republican Party being defined by somebody like Steve King. There are other voices who are the adults in the room and who are working hard towards a reform. and I think it’s going to happen. I’m more optimistic than most.
GREGORY: Before I let him go, he just heard that. Congressman King, do you want to respond to that in terms of what actually is going to get accomplished?
KING: Well, I would say this. First of all, I spoke only of drug smugglers. If Ana understands the language, she should know that. I didn’t insult her or other Republicans and I didn’t –
NAVARRO: I’m not undocumented. I vote, Congressman.
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