White, Anti-Immigrant Congressman Steve King Says He’s Just as Latino as Julian Castro


This retort, from Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa), Washington’s most notorious immigration hawk, is just weird.

I uh…didn’t know that. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Julian Castro is Mexican-American, the son of a noted Chicano political activist from San Antonio. A local newspaper profile in 2002 describes King’s ancestry as Irish, German, and Welsh. Steve King is not Hispanic or Latino by any conventional definition.

We’ve reached out to King’s office for clarification and will update if we get a response.