Immigrants = livestock; Baghdad = Washington

The wit and wisdom of Rep. Steve King.

Published July 13, 2006 7:18PM (EDT)

As long as we're on the subject of offensive analogies, let's not let the day pass without a nod to Rep. Steve King, who took to the House floor this week to equate immigrants with cattle. Proposing a wire-topped fence along the border between the United States and Mexico, King said: "We could also electrify this wire with the kind of current that would not kill somebody, but it would simply be a discouragement for them to be fooling around with it. We do that with livestock all the time."

As Wonkette notes, King, an Iowa Republican, was last observed opining that Iraq is safer than Washington. Think Progress has explained the problems with King's math, but we'll take our proof circumstantially. When George W. Bush visited Baghdad last month, the trip was deemed so dangerous that it was kept a secret from Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki until five minutes before he was to meet with Bush there. Now al-Maliki is coming to Washington, and we know this because the White House announced his visit today -- nearly two full weeks before his expected arrival.

By Tim Grieve

Tim Grieve is a senior writer and the author of Salon's War Room blog.

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