The Trump administration continues to face harsh criticism for the way it’s treating the large numbers of asylum seekers in detention, and Republican Iowa Congressman Steve King has what he seems to think is a great idea to counter those sounding an alarm — post a video on Twitter of himself drinking out of a toilet. “Mmm-mm toilet water,” he might as well have said considering how… noteworthy this incident is of him trying to prove that detention conditions aren’t that bad.
At a Wednesday town hall meeting (with reportedly only about 80 attendees) in his home state, King shared:
‘I actually went into that cell where it was reported that they were advised they had to drink out of the toilet. I took a drink out of there. And actually pretty good.’
In response to a reporter sharing a transcript of his remarks on Twitter, King posted a video of himself doing the deed. In his initial commentary at the town hall, he claimed he didn’t initially send the video out because he feels this subject should “go into the rearview mirror.”
Check it out:
Hello Maura: Thank you for covering my town hall, attended by 103 people, in Eagle Grove today. I hope you will include this video in NBC’s coverage. No way was @AOC objectively honest in her #FakeNews spin about the border. Click bait for Snowflakes! https://t.co/2mWRoxv1uW pic.twitter.com/B0kD3N5Vmj
— Steve King (@SteveKingIA) September 4, 2019
To be clear, King’s dismissal of concern about detention conditions is not based in reality. NBC News shares, as one of many similar stories:
‘Lawyers who recently visited two Texas facilities at which migrant children were held said that children and teens had not been able to shower in weeks. They also reported an inadequate food supply and flu outbreaks. A facility meant for 100 had 350 children, and kids as young as 7 or 8 were forced to care for toddlers.’
The incident unfolded some time after prominent progressive New York Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez visited a pair of Texas detention facilities for migrants alongside numerous other concerned members of Congress and shared that detainees were told to drink out of toilets. In facilities like that one, detainees are left with devices that double as toilets and drinking fountains, with the latter component hitched on the back. If that breaks, as Ocasio-Cortez described, they’re left with nothing but the toilet seat component itself — but instead of acknowledging the precariousness of that situation, Republicans like King are going all in — literally.
Always one to rush to the racial argument, King claimed that the idea of detained migrants having to “drink out of toilets” arose from miscommunication because the migrants don’t speak solid English. He called the issue “a little language barrier,” which lands like a stomach-curdling attempt at proving innocuous in light of his history of hyping up differences like this to the point of claiming white identity itself is under attack and should be defended.
It’s not the only situation in which King has, let’s just say, come up short. In an argument against abortion, he ended up basically defending rape and incest, pointing to it as one of the supposedly key ways that the human race has been propagated as if we’re just supposed to turn a blind eye. Some anti-abortion laws have left exceptions for cases of rape and incest — but King thinks that’s a bad idea. Interests as high-ranking as the number three House Republican Liz Cheney (Wy.) called for his resignation following that incident, but he didn’t go anywhere.
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