In an interview on Fox News Saturday, Rep Steve King (R-IA) said many of his colleagues in Congress are "standing by" him after he claimed many immigrants brought to the U.S. as children are drug smugglers.
"My colleagues are standing by me. They come up to me constantly," King said.
King implied his colleagues were expressing their support "privately."
"Is the description such that they have to go out to the press and do a press conference? Or can they come and tell me, 'I know you're right, I support you.' They can do that privately," he said.
King made his initial comments in an interview with the conservative site Newsmax that was published July 18.
"Some of them are valedictorians, and their parents brought them in," King said of the immigrants."For everyone who's a valedictorian, there's another 100 out there that weigh 130 pounds and they’ve got calves the size of cantaloupes because they're hauling 75 pounds of marijuana across the desert,”