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02/15/2011

If a Congressman 'bulldozes away' 'screaming, profane gays' and no one's there to film it...

by Jeremy Hooper

...does it still make a sound?

We ask, because there's no record of the following recount actually happening. Not from Iowa's mainstream press. Not from bloggers. Not from YouTubers who filmed the events. Not even, up to this point, from anyone in the conservative movement -- a movement filled with folks who LOVE, LOVE, LOVE to exploit any and every chance to make gays look aggressive.

But leave it to Congressman Steve King (Very Far R-Iowa) to all of a sudden remember some sort of militant, radical, profane gay aggression that's gone wholly unreported for a matter of months. Video and transcript from Media Matters' Political Correction:

REP. STEVE KING: "I went on the judge bus tour with the National Organization for Marriage and the Family Research Council, and I climbed off of that bus into the heart of the screaming, profane gays that met us at nearly every stop, and I took them on directly, and in some cases actually — not direct violence, but physical. Yeah, so, and then, I went back down and sat down in the radio studio —"

POLITICAL CORRECTION: "You were physically — they, like, physically tried to —"

KING: "
Well here's the extent of it. They get right in your face and they scream profanities right at you. And you have to stand there and deliver it. I finally, as my voice gave out, I turned it over to Connie Mackie who is a verbal pugilist of the first order, and they even crowded tight around her, so I turned my back to them and just, I backed up into them. I kept bulldozing them away from Connie Mackie because they were so intimidating and so threatening and so profane."
Rep. Steve King Proudly Recalls Confronting "Screaming, Profane Gays" [Political Correction]
(H/t: AKSARBENT)

So produce a tape, Congressman! And by "produce," we don't mean commission the firm that created NOM's "Gathering Storm" ad to CGI some "intimidating, threatening, profane" gays into stock video of a marriage rally. We mean "produce" as in cough up the tape. As in show us where any of this happened. Because we know people who were there on the ground in Iowa -- and none of them -- not. a. one. of. them. -- saw anything even close to resembling an altercation.

So seriously, dude: Show us some documentation of how you boldly saved Connie Mackie from the de facto burning building that is the equality movement. Until you can, we're gonna stick with our own memories from this tragically misguided tour:



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