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King compared choosing immigrants to choosing bird dogs: “You want a good bird dog? You want one that’s going to be aggressive? Pick the one that’s the friskiest, the one that’s engaged the most, and not the one that’s over there sleeping in the corner.”
King said what you should avoid at all costs are lazy dogs.
“If you want a pet to sleep on the couch, get the one that’s sleeping in the corner.”
“You get the pick of the litter and you got yourself a pretty good bird dog,” he concluded.
Seeing as how King made those comments in May, and we’re now in October, one would think King would’ve redefined his analogy by now, but he hasn’t. In fact, Rep. King still insists that when he compared immigrants to bird dogs, he was being complimentary of immigrants.
During an interview, King said that he always intended the comparison as a compliment but his opponents turned it around.
“They knew it was a compliment, they turned it into an insult because they’re professional hyperventilators.”
King says he was just giving good immigrants the praise they deserve. He concluded by saying that America has the pick of the litter, and can have the very best immigrants, if we choose to.
“Well, we’ve got the pick of every donor civilization on the planet.”
Sit Rover, sit. Good boy.