Rep. Steve King (R-IA) scolded pro-immigration activists on Monday for yelling over him as he spoke outside of the Supreme Court Building, asking them if they were “an example of the America we can expect” if the high court accepts President Obama’s executive actions immigration.
“Why are you all yelling?” King said to the protesters. “You want to be citizens of America and conduct yourselves in a fashion when you try to shout down someone who is exercising their right to freedom of speech? Do I need to start reading the Constitution from the First Amendment?”
King told the protesters that their behavior was not “peaceable” and that they should be “demonstrating what good citizens you would make rather than the kind of actions that you have here.”
“So is this behavior out here in the streets of America that we see today that disrespects this court, disrespects the Congress of the United States, disrespects this congressman who serves on the Constitution subcommittee and the full House judiciary committee,” King said. “Are you an example of the America we can expect?”
King has used strong anti-immigration language before, saying that Muslim immigrants “bring with them Sharia Law” and criticizing the Catholic Church for not understanding the importance of borders. King has also characterized immigrants as “drug mules” who could be identified because of their calves “the size of cantaloupes.”
h/t: The Week