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Via Think Progress, here's Steve King imagining himself as the one-man Spanish Inquisition of Meat Products:
I sit on the Ag Committee and we had a hearing before the Ag Committee when we invited in the president of the Humane Society of the United States, HSUS, President Wayne Pacelle. And we had one or two other witnesses from the anti-meat crowd or anti-animal husbandry crowd. PETA was there and one other animal activist group. So we just asked them, under oath, “are you a vegetarian?” And they confessed they were vegetarians, all of them. Well there they are with an agenda for our diets.Ha ha ha! Take that, people who care marginally for the basic living conditions of factory-farmed animals! You eat meat, therefore your arguments are invalid! Only people who do not eat meat are allowed to have opinions on how it should be produced, and they aren't allowed either, because they don't even eat meat! Checkmate, you evil possibly-meat-eating-or-not communists!
In addition to being profoundly stupid, however, which is the hallmark of pretty much all stories involving Steve King, it turns out his story is apparently completely made up. Never happened. Maybe King daydreamed it was happening while doodling little pictures of himself pulling the plug on grandma during the hearings, but apparently he's the only one who heard himself ask those great gotcha questions:
ThinkProgress went back to review the hearing transcripts to determine whether King’s story is accurate. It is not. The congressional hearing on animal welfare that King appears to be referencing occurred on May 8, 2007. There were no witnesses from PETA. King did not ask anyone “are you a vegetarian?” In fact, it was another member — Steve Kagen (D-WI) — who asked the Humane Society witness to say he was a vegetarian.I forget—is compulsive lying a characteristic of sociopathy, or just the mark of a rotten human being? Oh heck, let's be generous and just say it's probably evidence of both. Coming up next: Steve King tells of the time he fought off a bear by asking it snide questions until it ran off in shame. This totally happened, and if you say otherwise it's because you're a communist.