Renowned xenophobes Reps. Steve King and Michele Bachmann have announced a trip to the U.S.-Mexico border today as part of their offensive offensive against President Obama’s action on immigration. Ever the moderate, Bachmann warned of “millions of unskilled, illiterate, foreign nationals coming into the United States who can’t speak the English language.” While King, who’s proposed a legal change to prevent the issuing of new visas, defended his obstructionist stance with a mature “we can do anything we want to.” After Speaker John Boehner’s five minute press conference on the matter this morning, Bachmann and King are effectively left as the de facto spokespeople for the Republican Party, driving their narrative and policy direction on the matter.
In case you’ve forgotten (but really, with these two, how could you?), Bachmann and King have a long and colorful history of making divisive, offensive, sometimes hate-filled comments about immigrants and the Latino community. King’s reputation and rhetoric on the issue are so infamous that when he was approached by a DREAMer at an event in Iowa earlier this year, his lunch companion (and 2016 hopeful) Senator Rand Paul ran away.