Iowa Rep. Steve King Wants to Cut Food Stamps to Pay for Trump’s Wall

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Iowa Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) wants to take food away from low-income Americans and cut funding for Planned Parenthood so they have more money to pay for the Trump wall.

Trump continues to say Mexico will pay for the wall that his supporters think will stop “illegal” immigrants from entering the country. Trump’s supporters however continue to look for ways to fund the wall, even by removing food from poor, hungry children and by offering prison slave labor to do the work.

King believes building a wall is more important than poor Americans having food.

King told CNN during an interview Wednesday morning that he would be comfortable spending $1.6 billion of taxpayer money to help fund the wall.

“And I’d throw another $5 billion on the pile, and I would find half of a billion of dollars of that right out of Planned Parenthood’s budget. And the rest of it could come out of food stamps and the entitlements that are being spread out for people who have not worked in three generations,” he said.

King’s ideas are grounded in deceptions that many privileged republicans chose to believe.

King’s rhetoric feels steeped in the welfare-queen myth that is pushed by many Republicans who refuse to believe that many on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, which feeds more than “22 million low-income households containing 45 million people” are folks in legitimate need of assistance. In the same vein, many Republicans refuse to accept that Planned Parenthood provides women’s health services and will argue that 94 percent of Planned Parenthood’s business is providing abortions, although that has been proven to be a lie, reported The Root.

 

King will directly be attacking much of his constituency because 1 in 8 Iowans receives SNAP benefits.

We cannot allow his to happen.  Feeding poor people is far more important than building an unnecessary wall that will essentially be ineffective in stopping anyone who is not crippled to the point the cannot climb a ladder, or walk through a tunnel under the wall, or ride in a vehicle across the border.

(Article By Jeremiah Jones)

 

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