It’s been about a year since American Bridge, a progressive group, filmed Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) comparing immigrants to dogs. As the Iowa Republican’s bigotry comes into sharper focus – and gains national notoriety – the comments from last May continues to be relevant.
But the funny thing is, King doesn’t see the problem. In fact, just yesterday, the congressman tried to use the American Bridge clip in a fundraising appeal, arguing, “In this video it is clear I complimented legal immigrants.” He urges supporters to watch the clip and “make a generous donation.”
What King and his staff apparently didn’t realize is that American Bridge can access its own YouTube account. Brett LoGiurato explained:
On the donation page, King’s campaign embedded a YouTube video that was clipped by a tracker from American Bridge, the liberal opposition-slinging group that first spotted the comments.
In response to King using their video, American Bridge decided to have some fun with their video and made a few key alterations near its start. The first pop-up tells viewers, “Don’t listen to Steve King’s excuses. Comparing immigrants to dogs is offensive.” The second pop-up links to a video compilation of some of King’s more controversial remarks throughout his time in Congress.