Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) said Friday that he or she doesn’t want Somali Muslims working at meat-packing plants in her district simply because they want consumers of pork for being deliver to hell.
In a Breitbart News radio interview, the eight-term congressman, noted for his inflammatory anti-immigrant rhetoric, said his views were shaped with a conversation with Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.), whom he called “the lead Muslim in Congress.”
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King said Ellison told him that Muslims would require “a special dispensation” from an imam in order to be equipped to handle pork a single of his district’s meat-packing plants. “The rationale is actually infidels are eating this pork, [the Muslims] aren’t eating it,” King said. “So assuming that they’re preparing this pork for infidels, it send these people to hell and yes it must make Allah happy.”
“I would not like people doing my pork will not eat it, aside from hope The year progresses to hell for eating pork chops,” he concluded.
Ellison’s office declined to touch upon King’s interpretation with the Minnesota congressman’s remarks.
King said he approached Ellison around the issue because meat-packing plants in her district had informed him they hoped to rent Somalis to the office inside their facilities. “And I believe, ‘Well, Somali Muslims, would they cut pork?'” King recalled of his conversation with all the plant leaders. “They investigated the other and said, ‘We are not aware of.'”
King has drawn attention for frequently flirting with fringe, racist political elements. Earlier this week, he retweeted a known British white supremacist’s warning about immigration.
King’s commentary on pork consumption and Islam doesn’t stop at his district’s edge. This morning, he slammed Sweden, that he or she said “capitulated to Halal” when the organizers of an international soccer tournament there decided against serving pork to support many Muslim players.
“I draw the queue here and, if needed, will fight for freedom of preference – in our diets,” he tweeted. “Iowa’s 4th Congressional District will be the #1 Pork district in the us. No takin’ bacon off our tables.”