Immigration

Trump’s DACA Order Not Good Enough for Racist Congressman Steve King

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

Iowa congressman, secret border control agent, and "man who can't forget what he buried in that cornfield" Steve King (R) is intrigued by Trump's order to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, but he's skeptical that Trump's hates immigrants as much as he does.

King would seemingly prefer if Trump were a man after his own heart.

“I have talked with him privately about it. It’s not as clear to me as I would like it to be,” King said.

“You don’t know where the President stands on DREAMers at this point?” CNN’s Kate Bolduan asked.

“Well, I know what he said throughout the campaign. And I’m watching what’s happened since then,” King said. “He hasn’t said he wants to grant them amnesty. But he has said that he’s going to end this program in six months.”

While it is clear to me personally that Trump is a stone-cold racist in the image of Steve King, I can understand why King may be skeptical.

It's difficult to ascertain what Trump believes or if he even truly believes anything and, following this vague tweet, it would understandable if hardliners doubted his commitment.

"I will revisit this issue" said the master deal-maker.

Contrary to Steve King, I'm more sure that Trump is racist than I am that he's committed to any particular policy.

  • Aynwrong

    Donald Trump is not racist enough…

    Just let that sink in.

  • muselet

    “Well, I think that that’s a little bit of a Solomon-esque maneuver,” King said, referring to the religious parable. “He cut the baby in half and threw it to the Congress to fight over. And I didn’t want to see our Congress divided.”

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    Steve King must have slept late the day his Sunday School class learned about that story.

    John Boehner famously called King “an asshole” for his “calves like cantaloupes” comment. King hasn’t improved since then.

    Meanwhile, Kris Kobach is unwilling to be anything but the alpha anti-immigration wanker:

    “They came in presumably with a parent or parents, and so the correct policy is for us to enforce federal law and deport the whole family to the home country,” he told CNN’s John Berman and Poppy Harlow of the nearly 800,000 undocumented young people protected by DACA, many of whom are now young adults but who came to the United States as children.

    “The idea that somehow it’s wrong to ask people to go back to their home country and to come in the right way, I just fundamentally disagree with that,” he added.

    And Donald Trump has “no second thoughts” about ending DACA. As several TPM commenters observed, he hasn’t yet had a first thought on the subject.

    It’s as if one of the requirements to become an R is reflexive cruelty.

    –alopecia

  • I will revisit this issue is his lame hedge to deflect attention from himself and give him an out to change his mind if things don’t work out in Congress and he takes a huge amount of flack (both of which will happen). Trump is a horrible, racist, asshole of a person.

    • ninjaf

      But his whole rationale was that DACA was unconstitutional. So, if Congress doesn’t act, is he saying he will do something he thinks is unconstitutional to rectify it?

      He makes no sense. Shocker.

      • I love that the guy who is ignoring the emoluments clause is calling something unconstitutional.

        • ninjaf

          Well, following the law is for suckers and poor people.