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Why Do Rand Paul and House Republicans Let this Guy Define the GOP?
The video of yesterday’s confrontation between prominent Dreamer Erika Andiola and prominent nativist Rep. Steve King (R-IA) – featuring a cameo, and hilarious escape, by Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) – is generating plenty of attention and reaction.
The proceedings beg the question for Rand Paul: if Steve King is so toxic, as the Senator’s Usain Bolt impression demonstrates, then why is he kissing his brass ring in the first place?
Among several key impressions and takeaways from the video and its aftermath:
According to Frank Sharry, Executive Director of America’s Voice:
Rand Paul and the Republican Party can run, but they can’t hide. Steve King is the face of the GOP’s hardline immigration stance. He is the driving force behind the only votes on immigration permitted by House Republican leadership in this Congress. He is determined to end DACA and subject Dreamers to deportation. He is threatening impeachment if the President uses his authority to set priorities for DHS. He has called for electrifying the border. He compared Dreamers to drug mules with calves the size of cantaloupes. And he just insulted leading Dreamers and denigrated an American serviceman who gave his life for this country. Steve King can – and will – continue to speak for himself. The question is why Rand Paul and other Republicans are letting him speak for them, too?