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Tue Aug 13, 2013, 10:24 AM

 

PHOTOS: Hardly Anyone Showed Up To Steve King’s Anti-Immigration Reform Rally

Rep. Steve King (R-IA) held a rally on Monday night for those who oppose the comprehensive immigration reform effort taking place on Capitol Hill. But no one, it seems, felt like going.

The event was billed as a “Stop Amnesty” event — a response to the pro-reform rallies being held around the country. It was held in Richmond, Virginia. But instead of massive turnout by those who agree with King’s assessment that the bill “proposes to legalize a lot of people that will include the people who are drug smugglers,” a mere 50 to 60 people came to the event, by Politico reporter Seung Min Ki’s estimate:







There are maybe 30 people here at this Richmond town hall rally against #Amnesty . pic.twitter.com/HC80z47YWB

http://thinkprogress.org/immigration/2013/08/12/2456691/photos-hardly-anyone-showed-up-to-steve-kings-anti-immigration-reform-rally/

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Reply PHOTOS: Hardly Anyone Showed Up To Steve King’s Anti-Immigration Reform Rally (Original post)
Playinghardball Aug 2013 OP
sharp_stick Aug 2013 #1
brucefan Aug 2013 #2
TheCowsCameHome Aug 2013 #4
Rain Mcloud Aug 2013 #36
George II Aug 2013 #45
TheCowsCameHome Aug 2013 #3
Norbert Aug 2013 #32
TheCowsCameHome Aug 2013 #33
calimary Aug 2013 #46
BlueManFan Aug 2013 #5
dem in texas Aug 2013 #8
calimary Aug 2013 #47
calimary Aug 2013 #48
TlalocW Aug 2013 #6
otohara Aug 2013 #7
louis-t Aug 2013 #9
liberal N proud Aug 2013 #10
Caeser67 Aug 2013 #11
Scuba Aug 2013 #12
Spitfire of ATJ Aug 2013 #20
Scuba Aug 2013 #21
Spitfire of ATJ Aug 2013 #24
n2doc Aug 2013 #13
nadinbrzezinski Aug 2013 #14
KayJay503 Aug 2013 #37
nadinbrzezinski Aug 2013 #38
calimary Aug 2013 #49
arcane1 Aug 2013 #53
calimary Aug 2013 #57
awoke_in_2003 Aug 2013 #15
Rebellious Republican Aug 2013 #25
nadinbrzezinski Aug 2013 #39
wordpix Aug 2013 #44
another_liberal Aug 2013 #16
Thav Aug 2013 #19
another_liberal Aug 2013 #26
madrchsod Aug 2013 #17
SummerSnow Aug 2013 #18
Spitfire of ATJ Aug 2013 #22
rpannier Aug 2013 #29
Spitfire of ATJ Aug 2013 #35
Skidmore Aug 2013 #23
Rectangle Aug 2013 #27
Skidmore Aug 2013 #28
rocktivity Aug 2013 #30
Hippo_Tron Aug 2013 #55
Norbert Aug 2013 #31
marble falls Aug 2013 #34
Politicalboi Aug 2013 #40
hatrack Aug 2013 #41
groundloop Aug 2013 #42
RZM Aug 2013 #43
NYtoBush-Drop Dead Aug 2013 #50
SoCalDem Aug 2013 #51
Scurrilous Aug 2013 #52
Rex Aug 2013 #54
Ash_F Aug 2013 #56
Lawlbringer Aug 2013 #58
Crowman1979 Aug 2013 #59

Response to Playinghardball (Original post)

Tue Aug 13, 2013, 10:29 AM

1. I'll bet this one won't

go up on that skidmark's .gov page will it?

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Response to Playinghardball (Original post)

Tue Aug 13, 2013, 10:32 AM

2. Yeah,but

How many porta potties were there?

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Response to brucefan (Reply #2)

Tue Aug 13, 2013, 10:50 AM

4. None. They weren't serving lunch this time.

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Response to TheCowsCameHome (Reply #4)

Tue Aug 13, 2013, 09:34 PM

36. Pie and Punch?

 

[link:|

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Response to brucefan (Reply #2)

Wed Aug 14, 2013, 12:28 PM

45. There were two sitting on that bench!

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Response to Playinghardball (Original post)

Tue Aug 13, 2013, 10:49 AM

3. Wow. He doubled the size of his last crowd.

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Response to TheCowsCameHome (Reply #3)

Tue Aug 13, 2013, 08:30 PM

32. I think most people can outdraw Stevos speech attendence

Even if they announce that all they would do is make fart noises with their armpits.

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Response to Norbert (Reply #32)

Tue Aug 13, 2013, 08:56 PM

33. Haha.

Certainly more enjoyable.

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Response to Norbert (Reply #32)

Wed Aug 14, 2013, 01:41 PM

46. Hey, I'd go to see that!

Maybe even learn how! My kids used to do that. I could never quite get it figured out.

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Response to Playinghardball (Original post)

Tue Aug 13, 2013, 10:55 AM

5. The Two Women on the bench are just plumb worn out from carrying those signs. If they had calves

the size of cantalopes they could carry those bad boys~~~

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Response to BlueManFan (Reply #5)

Tue Aug 13, 2013, 11:21 AM

8. Check those calves

The crowd is so small because they were checking their legs. If they had calves the size of cantaloupes, they were turned away

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Response to dem in texas (Reply #8)

Wed Aug 14, 2013, 01:41 PM

47. DUzy!!!!!!

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Response to BlueManFan (Reply #5)

Wed Aug 14, 2013, 01:42 PM

48. DUzy!!!!!

Dayum! You go to Steve King rallies to generate material, I guess!

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Response to Playinghardball (Original post)

Tue Aug 13, 2013, 11:11 AM

6. And this joker has presidential aspirations

What would make this better is if a few democrats (don't want to inflate the crowd numbers too much) would show up in disguise with copies of STEPHEN King's books like, "Carrie," and "Pet Semetary," and ask for autographs.

TlalocW

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Response to Playinghardball (Original post)

Tue Aug 13, 2013, 11:20 AM

7. Politico Being Kind

 

errrr....lying.
I count 16 - excluding King and the camera guy.

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Response to Playinghardball (Original post)

Tue Aug 13, 2013, 11:39 AM

9. That looks like a park near my home in MI.

Half of those people are probably there just enjoying the beach.

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Response to Playinghardball (Original post)

Tue Aug 13, 2013, 11:41 AM

10. If he would have been in his own district, there would have been thousands

NOT!!!!!




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Response to Playinghardball (Original post)

Tue Aug 13, 2013, 11:53 AM

11. This Was The Fake Rally

You can best believe the "real" rally was packed. Behind closed doors, he has more supporters than they will admit.

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Response to Playinghardball (Original post)

Tue Aug 13, 2013, 12:05 PM

12. So why does he get so much airtime and ink from the "liberal" media?

 

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Response to Scuba (Reply #12)

Tue Aug 13, 2013, 01:39 PM

20. Because he knows how to sit in a studio and talk to a camera.

 

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Response to Spitfire of ATJ (Reply #20)

Tue Aug 13, 2013, 02:16 PM

21. So does my crazy neighbor, but no TV stations are showing him.

 

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Response to Scuba (Reply #21)

Tue Aug 13, 2013, 03:14 PM

24. Why bother when Steve King represents him so well?

 

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Response to Playinghardball (Original post)

Tue Aug 13, 2013, 12:06 PM

13. You can just feel the excitement!

I guess Faux will have to photoshop some crowds in.

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Response to Playinghardball (Original post)

Tue Aug 13, 2013, 12:08 PM

14. I have covered a few events like that.

 

I remember one where, I am not kidding, press outnumbered participants 3:1, and cops were at a 1:1 ratio

To call it a flop would be kind.

I understand the problem Politico's reporter had...exactly the problem.

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Response to nadinbrzezinski (Reply #14)

Tue Aug 13, 2013, 11:19 PM

37. Would that have been....?

...the Sarah Palin Fan Club attempt at boycotting the Dave Letterman show in NYC back in 2009?

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/06/16/letterman-protest-draws-m_n_216566.html

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Response to KayJay503 (Reply #37)

Tue Aug 13, 2013, 11:23 PM

38. Well, on the one hand 100% honesty in the headline

 

Means a burned bridge...we are talking a congressman here.

On the other hand...

Well that one we had I think seven, we wrote...few supporters. We did not lie, but left it to creative interpretation by the reader. And we kept a line open. Mind you...we really did not have to, but at the time we did not know.

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Response to KayJay503 (Reply #37)

Wed Aug 14, 2013, 01:46 PM

49. Welcome to DU, KayJay503!

Glad you're here!

There are sooooooooooo many of these! Lesson #1 in how the message is manipulated. If Pox Noise were covering this, they'd probably provide some "crowd" - either onsite or Photoshopping it in later, with crowds maybe taken from a civil rights or Obama rally. Or else they'll just keep tight shots on the speaker himself so all you get is his message and his speechifying, and that's the only takeaway you'll get.

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Response to calimary (Reply #49)

Wed Aug 14, 2013, 03:55 PM

53. The phrase "palm trees in Wisconsin" comes to mind

 

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Response to arcane1 (Reply #53)

Thu Aug 15, 2013, 03:03 AM

57. I rest my case.

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Response to Playinghardball (Original post)

Tue Aug 13, 2013, 12:18 PM

15. 50 to 60 my ass...

 

there are maybe 10 there.

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Response to awoke_in_2003 (Reply #15)

Tue Aug 13, 2013, 03:55 PM

25. You forget GOP math, there were probably only ten to turn out in support of the rally....

 

However they included the random joggers, bikers and people just strolling by. That probably accounts for at least ten more bringing that total to 20. Then you have 30 to 40 homeless that live in the park and have no were else to go. By my calculations according to GOP math, would bring the total up to fifty to sixty.



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Response to awoke_in_2003 (Reply #15)

Tue Aug 13, 2013, 11:35 PM

39. Less than ten

 

I count four reporters and a staffer.

No, people usually do not wear media passes or carry 20k dollar video cameras.

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Response to awoke_in_2003 (Reply #15)

Wed Aug 14, 2013, 11:11 AM

44. if there are 10 people, 5 are staffers

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Response to Playinghardball (Original post)

Tue Aug 13, 2013, 12:35 PM

16. Wow!

 

Even that Tea-Billy with the tri-cornered hat and the snake flag didn't show up, and he goes to all of these hootenannies.

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Response to another_liberal (Reply #16)

Tue Aug 13, 2013, 01:28 PM

19. It wasn't a hootenanny

It was a shindig, that's why he wasn't there.

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Response to Thav (Reply #19)

Tue Aug 13, 2013, 05:17 PM

26. It seems like a rather fine point . . .

 

But I do stand corrected.

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Response to Playinghardball (Original post)

Tue Aug 13, 2013, 12:52 PM

17. maybe he got lost and thought it was his district

the people there were probably having a reunion and moseyed over to see what the hell this guy was rambling about.

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Response to Playinghardball (Original post)

Tue Aug 13, 2013, 12:57 PM

18. overheard at "rally"

Person 1: who's that on the microphone?
Person 2: the sign says Steve King

person 1: oh the author, I love that show " the Dome" just can't watch it now cause my cable company dropped cbs.

person 2: not that steve king. this guy is a politician

person 1: oh

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Response to Spitfire of ATJ (Reply #22)

Tue Aug 13, 2013, 06:41 PM

29. Great lines from the article

Republican leaders — eager not to further alienate Hispanic voters — argue they’ve done all they can to shut up King.

But Republican leaders haven’t stepped up with a louder voice on the issue, leaving a vacuum King has been happy to fill.

He began his nearly half-hour speech here arguing against immigration reform, claiming societies tend to become more violent as one moves farther south in Latin America.

immigration reform doesn’t appear to be a top priority for House Republican leaders, who spent the final days and weeks before the recess voting on more symbolic bills, such as repealing the health care law and targeting the Internal Revenue Service.

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Response to rpannier (Reply #29)

Tue Aug 13, 2013, 09:17 PM

35. "..claiming societies tend to become more violent as one moves farther south in Latin America."

 

"LATIN"????

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Response to Playinghardball (Original post)

Tue Aug 13, 2013, 02:22 PM

23. Good!

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Response to Skidmore (Reply #23)

Tue Aug 13, 2013, 05:30 PM

27. Were you counting the photographer in the 30??

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Response to Rectangle (Reply #27)

Tue Aug 13, 2013, 05:32 PM

28. No, I was appreciating that my fellow Iowans are

smart enough not to dignify this asshole's racist ramblings with their presence in large numbers. Iowans are better people than that.

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Response to Playinghardball (Original post)

Tue Aug 13, 2013, 07:51 PM

30. Upholding a decade-old tradition

of being out-attended by the porta-potties!



P.S. The attendees must have all been Indians....


rocktivity

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Response to rocktivity (Reply #30)

Wed Aug 14, 2013, 04:33 PM

55. Was waiting for that picture to be posted

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Response to Playinghardball (Original post)

Tue Aug 13, 2013, 08:26 PM

31. Note to self:

Get the Marshall Tucker Band to appear in concert before I give my speech.

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Response to Playinghardball (Original post)

Tue Aug 13, 2013, 09:16 PM

34. Maybe his supporters emigrated back to their home planet.

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Response to Playinghardball (Original post)

Wed Aug 14, 2013, 01:54 AM

40. There were more flies than people

 

Flies know when they smell shit, so there must have been a bunch. And where's the Get A Brain Moran guy?

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Response to Playinghardball (Original post)

Wed Aug 14, 2013, 08:35 AM

41. Just went through the 2nd photo - I count 16, and that's with the guy on the walking trail . . .

. . . way in the background, and I'm including the cop.

Where the hell Politico got "50-60" passeth all understanding.

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Response to Playinghardball (Original post)

Wed Aug 14, 2013, 10:24 AM

42. He could have easily doubled or even tripled attendance.....


If there had been free performances by Hank Jr. and Ted Nugent, and maybe free PBR for all.

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Response to groundloop (Reply #42)

Wed Aug 14, 2013, 10:31 AM

43. I think PBR is more of a hipster beer now

 

When I first started drinking beer PBR was the butt of jokes as a redneck beer (and nobody called it PBR either, just Pabst or Pabst Blue Ribbon).

10 years later I looked around the bar and the hip crowd was drinking nothing but PBR. I think the Hank Jr. set still prefers the old standbys like Budweiser.

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Response to Playinghardball (Original post)

Wed Aug 14, 2013, 02:32 PM

50. hysterical...

HE should run for president!

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Response to Playinghardball (Original post)

Wed Aug 14, 2013, 02:36 PM

51. reminiscent of this famous gathering

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Response to Playinghardball (Original post)

Wed Aug 14, 2013, 03:53 PM

52. K & R

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Response to Playinghardball (Original post)

Wed Aug 14, 2013, 03:55 PM

54. FOXNEWS: 10,000 show up to King's rally.

 

Maybe even close to 100,000.

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Response to Playinghardball (Original post)

Wed Aug 14, 2013, 05:29 PM

56. Who is Steve King?

nvm lost interest.

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Response to Playinghardball (Original post)

Thu Aug 15, 2013, 11:01 AM

58. Despite this, Steve King is still

only neck and neck with Peter King as "King" of Jackasses.

Waiting for Peter to fall on his face with something we can laugh about. But this is still something that I savor with glee.

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Response to Playinghardball (Original post)

Thu Aug 15, 2013, 06:19 PM

59. It doesn't help when the age of your main demographic is one foot into the grave.

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