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"I just remember I've read his books and I put his name in my memory, and I just remember that his rationale was a rationale that I could track and I'm glad we have his voice," he said in response to a journalist's question about the pair's relationship.
Meanwhile, CPAC seemed to keep their distance, with a spokeswoman directing the Daily Caller's Alex Pappas to the sponsoring organization for comment and pointing out that it wasn't organized by the American Conservative Union.
The host of the event was officially the group ProEnglish, and their executive director, Robert Vandervoort. CPAC opened itself up to criticism in giving him a platform as well, given that he "was also the organizer of the white nationalist group, Chicagoland Friends of American Renaissance" according to the Institute for Research on Education and Human Rights.
Still, at least they got some thanks. Vandervoort praised the leaders of CPAC for "for standing up to the leftist thugs who wish to shut down this conference and our freedoms of speech and assembly."
The panel discussion itself focused on the idea that multiculturalism and making accommodations for non-English speakers so they can do things like vote or get a public education, was a terrible thing for America to do.
Dr. Rosalie Porter, chairwoman of the board of ProEnglish and a former bilingual teacher who now thinks of bilingual education as an "insane idea," said that part of multiculturalism is "the idea that every culture is equally valid, and one must never be judgmental and one must not say anything critical about a culture."
Brimelow said bilingualism was "about the distribution of power in the society" and "the determination of the elites not to press immigrants to assimilate."
King was late for the panel and wasn't even on the program, but he blended right in when he showed up, calling English the language of "success" and asking why the left was "obsessed" with multiculturalism.
Multiculturalism has even infected Republicans in the House, according to King. He recalled how an unnamed Republican leader wouldn't let him be the floor manager of a bill he sponsored to make English the official language of the United States because he wasn't an immigrant.
"I wanted to bring it up in the House, I was in a perfect position to do so, I had all the co-sponsors, I had worked it, I had earned it and the timing was right politically, and the answer that I got was 'we're looking for someone who is an immigrant or the son or daughter of an immigrant to be the floor manager of the bill'," King said. "And the answer that I gave that unnamed leader was 'I don't think much of your affirmative action plan to select floor managers of bills.' And so there's a fear of criticism."