‘He didn’t even finish his burger’

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Yesterday, Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) traveled to Iowa, a state he’ll be visiting quite a bit in the coming months, and sat down for a burger with far-right Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) at an event in Okoboji. It was all going fine, right up until a couple of young people wanted to say hello.
Two of the country’s most outspoken DREAMers – young immigrants brought illegally into the U.S. as children – confronted Rep. Steve King at a fundraising event this week. And while the Iowa Republican is known for his extremely reactionary positions on immigration, the activists say he managed to surpass their expectations.
 
“At one point, he was not only condescending, but insulting,” activist Cesar Vargas, who confronted King, told msnbc. “That really shows how extreme the congressman is even at this point.”
If you haven’t seen the video, it’s worth your time. Pay particular attention to the first 22 seconds.
 
If you watch closely, you’ll notice Paul take a bite of his burger, learn that the young immigrants are Dreamers, choke a little, then flee the table with remarkable speed. It gives the “Run, Rand, Run” phrase a whole new meaning – the senator left the table so fast, he practically left skid marks.

“Rand Paul was just amazing,” Vargas recalled with a laugh during an msnbc interview. “He didn’t even finish his burger.”

No Profile in Courage Award for you, senator.
 
Brian Beutler, meanwhile, makes the case that the Kentucky Republican, who voted to kill the bipartisan immigration-reform bill that GOP proponents hoped would prevent moments like these, didn’t have much of a choice.
If he’d sat there stoically, it would’ve been tantamount to admitting he found King’s disposition toward these two deferred-action beneficiaries – who were brought to the United States illegally by their parents as minors – unremarkable. And to many Republicans, feigning surprise at an immigrant’s command of English and calling her a lawbreaker is unremarkable.
 
As is the suggestion that children should refuse to travel with their parents absent proper authorization, or that they should self-deport once they grow up. It’s certainly unremarkable to the gentleman shouting “Go home!” at her (at the 6:30 mark). But most people don’t find these kinds of things particularly commendable.
As for the King, arguably Congress’ fiercest critic of immigration, notice that the far-right Iowan questions whether Dreamer Erika Andiola is a drug smuggler and says he’s sorry that she comes from a “lawless country.”
 
The Republican lawmaker, however, neglected to ask whether the two young immigrants have calves the size of cantaloupes.
 

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'He didn't even finish his burger'

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