GOP Rep: Reagan Helped Make Obama President (VIDEO)

Rep. Steve King (R-IA) said Thursday that President Barack Obama’s ascent to the White House can be attributed to former President Ronald Reagan. 

Asserting that the 1986 amnesty bill helped create a generation of Democratic voters, the tea party congressman said that the GOP patriarch helped make Obama president. For this reason, King argued that Republicans who “believe that they can reverse the trend of the Hispanic vote” must also concede that “Ronald Reagan’s signature on the ’86 amnesty act brought about Barack Obama’s election.”

“It’s clear to anybody that can do any kind of statistical analysis that Barack Obama wouldn’t be president of the United States without Ronald Reagan’s 1986 amnesty act,” King said during a speech on the House floor.



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