Racist xenophobe Steve King (R-IA), of “calves the size of cantaloupes” fame, has a new shocker for us: Immigrants apparently give their children birth control and send them down the path of rape.
Mediaite picked up on King’s appearance on CNN’s New Day, where Chris Cuomo asked him whether Congress might consider delaying their August recess so they can finish dealing with the border crisis. King called it a “man-caused disaster,” and said that the magnet for these people caused them to “give their daughters birth control pills and send them down a rape path all the way through Mexico, and it’s a death path on the death train.”
Talking Points Memo said that while King didn’t offer any real evidence to support his claim, he did say that anywhere between 33 and 70 percent of the children crossing the border show signs of sexual abuse.
Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson has said something similar. Speaking to the Senate Appropriations Committee earlier this month, he said that some of the parents sending their kids here know of the risks along the route to the U.S., and that one of those risks is rape, particularly by the drug cartels. According to a story on CBS Washington, both Johnson and Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) met with children who’d been assaulted and abused at the hands of cartel members. Durbin said:
“When [a pair of immigrant children named Samuel and Emily] initially arrived in the United States, they were very quiet and they didn’t open up. They were clearly victims of trauma. After two months of care and custody of these 3- and 6-year-old children by HHS, Emily revealed that both children had been raped by members of a local drug cartel. I think about those children when I think about this debate. Are they the exception? God, I pray they are. But I’m afraid there are many more with similar stories.”
Michael Luciano of The Daily Banter, however, wants to know just what a “rape path” is. When he Googled “rape path,” he didn’t find much, but when he looked up “rape trail” he found that a rape trail is considered to be any place where it’s unsafe for women to be, particularly at night, due to rapists lurking about. He also found that Mexico’s overall rape rate is half that of ours. But that’s overall; when it comes to a known route full of unaccompanied minors, who knows what the cartels will do.
So the problem is the cartels, who are known for egregious acts of violence. But Obama didn’t create the problem with the cartels, or with the unaccompanied children. Our failed War on Drugs that helped to give rise to the cartels by making drugs extremely valuable here. And the GOP wants to keep escalating the War on Drugs, which is why the cartels have the teeth they do. Is it possible that while these parents may know that the route to the U.S. is very dangerous, they feel that it’s worth the danger if their kids can make it to the U.S. where they may be safer, out of the path of the danger in Central America? Did anybody consider that?
King is being a typical Teapublican here; refusing to understand the depth and complexity of an issue, and automatically saying it’s Obama’s fault this is happening, because reasons.