Rep. Nydia Velazquez vs. racist Rep. Steve King


Brooklyn Rep. condemns racist colleague Rep. Steve King on Brooklyn Paper Radio — but not in person

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Here’s another reason to hate Congress: There’s not enough hate in Congress!

Rep. Nydia Velazquez admitted as much in another spellbinding edition of Brooklyn Paper Radio on Monday, saying that as much as she is “disgusted” by her racist fellow Rep. Steve King (R–Iowa), the institution simply has too much decorum to allow her to attack him directly.

“No, no!” Velazquez said when show co-host Gersh Kuntzman asked if she ever confronted King and other haters like him when she encounters them in the hallways of our nation’s most vaunted institutions.

King, after all, made national headlines this week for suggesting that Americans of Muslim descent are destroying our civilization.

“It is disgusting and outrageous,” Velazquez said on the radio show, which was pretaped on Monday in advance of the coming minor storm. “I tweeted about that today.”

Kuntzman wasn’t buying it.

“Twitter? Who cares about Twitter. Did you ever go up to him in the Capitol subway and say, ‘Hey, Congressman, shut up?’” the conflict-hungry Daily News columnist asked.

“No,” Velazquez admitted.

Kuntzman suggested that there’s the problem right there.

“If I saw Steve King on a New York City subway train, I’d go over to him and tell him what a New Yorker thinks,” Kuntzman said.

Ultimately, Kuntzman and co-host Vince DiMiceli let Velazquez off the hook on hating Steve King because she segued to genuine issues affecting her constituents in the so-called “Bullwinkle” district of Brooklyn, Manhattan, and Queens that she has represented since 1993.

Velazquez was eager to talk about immigration reform and healthcare, earning this week’s award as Brooklyn Paper Radio’s “Trumpbuster” by saying such important things as:

• Why Paul Ryan’s “repeal and replace” healthcare bill stinks:

“One of the greatest accomplishments of the Affordable Care Act was Medicaid expansion,” said Velazquez, who voted for the so-called Obamacare as a member of Congress. “And many of the recipients are in red counties and red states. All of a sudden, constituents in those areas realize that the Medicaid coverage they enjoy is the same as Obamacare, and now they are putting pressure on their Congressmen to not support a repeal or replacement.”

• Why the federal government should not deputize local law enforcement officers to deport undocumented aliens.

“Immigration enforcement is not the role of the city or the state,” she said. “It is the role of the federal government, which has failed. It scores political points for the Republicans to say we have illegal immigration, but they refuse to sit down and craft a bipartisan bill to end this broken system. The only solution is a legislative one. You are not going to deport 11 million people. This is not only the ‘bad hombres.’ This is hard-working people, people, who have children, who have roots in our communities. Too many people and families are suffering because of the actions taken by this White House.”

• Why she doesn’t think much of President Trump.

“He basically doesn’t understand how Washington works, but he’s has to figure out pretty soon that we have three equal branches of government, and in order for him to enact his vision or legislative agenda, he needs to collaborate with Congress.”

Kuntzman pressed Velazquez that her reaction is pretty typical of a resident of the swamp that Trump says he wants to drain, but Velazquez countered that notion.

“You want to drain the swamp? Then put people in your cabinet who really represent the dreams and aspirations of people in this country,” she said. “But [it’s wrong] to appoint someone to head the EPA, for example, who doesn’t believe that the government should play a role in clean air or water or have regulations to protect public health. Let’s be serious. Government is not a game. It takes a lot of negotiations and it takes collaborat­ion.”

Kuntzman was pleased with that answer.

“Congresswo­man, you’re quoting me to me — so thank you for reading my recent pro-regulation column in the Daily News.”

Make no mistake, Velazquez’s appearance on Brooklyn’s leading podcast did change some minds in the studio.

“You know, Vince, I started this conversation thinking, ‘I don’t really know if I like Nydia Velazquez,’ but now I’m rethinking that. I thought she was a back-bencher, but she said a lot of very smart things on our show. And you can’t put a playing card between me and Nydia Velazquez on immigration. I always say, ‘If you want to come here, come here.’”

“Gersh is literally driving the welcome wagon,” DiMiceli said.

Brooklyn Paper radio is recorded and podcast live every Tuesday usually around 10 am — based on Gersh’s hectic schedule — from our studio in America’s Downtown and can be found, as always, right here on, on iTunes, on Mixlr, and of course, on Stitcher.

Updated 10:17 pm, July 9, 2018
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Reasonable discourse

joe from mine says:
King is right...and you and yours want to give this country away... heres a thought for the 2 of you...find another country to give away...
March 14, 2017, 11:27 am
Judi from Cobble Hill says:
I am sorry to see such negativity, Joe. Immigrants made our country great and have again, and again. Would you have all the Irish return to their motherland? If you read history, the fear of the Irish was catholicism! SO here we go again. This time even worse, because we should know better. But a nation lead by those who don't read, don't know history, or don't care to, will be our great nation's undoing. Please rethink your animus toward people not white, locations not mid-Western, and religion not yours. You may be surprised by the goodness you find in others who don't fit your expectations.
March 14, 2017, 12:23 pm
Rufus Leaking from BH says:
Judi can't tell a house guest from a burglar. Immigrants? Yes. Illegal aliens? No.

Poor Nydia, she had the NY Senator seat stolen from her by Hillary! ANd she never let out a peep.
March 14, 2017, 1:20 pm
J Russ from Rural says:
Way too late, the Republican Party purposely became the Party and refuge of the nation intolerant in the late '60's, early '70's and never
looked back, thanks to Republican Lee Atwater and his cynical "Southern Strategy". Every week or so for decades some high ranking Republican will reconfirm it. Trump and his "grab em by the $%$$y" comment and the
latest by Steve King for example. They are who and what we thought they were and continue to prove it.
March 14, 2017, 2:13 pm
steve from downtown says:
The issue is NOT about immigrants and their contribution to the building of America. Anyone believing it is, is brainwashed. We are in an ideological war, not a humanitarian one. Catholics, Jews, Buddhist, and most Muslim immigrants want to embrace and uphold US Constitutional values. Some Muslim want the world to conform to Sharia. Let's properly vet those coming into the US. Trump is 100% correct on this point. Incidentally, the far Left is as dangerous as the far Right. Let's all moderate.
March 14, 2017, 4:47 pm
Gerry Mander from Congress says:
Her district was drawn specifically to elect a Hispanic. Take a gander at the ridiculousness of it:
March 14, 2017, 10:41 pm
Mel Nooter from Park Slope says:
How dare any one imply that people from other countries, with other languages, customs, and documents not be Americans?! These people as American as Fallafel Pie!
Anyone who disagrees with her is a racist, because she has a race and there is no other explination for how people judge her opinions. To say anything she doesn't like makes you a racist. She knows the best way to deal with differeing opinions is to ignore the person - because that achieves so much.
March 15, 2017, 5:44 am
General89 from jamaica says:
About time we all unite and rid our country of the Irish skunk King
March 15, 2017, 1:43 pm
Blogger Bill from from Boerum Hill says:
Velazquez is one of the very few electeds who understands and has spoken truth about the dire
situation in Puerto Rico. Were all our elected
officials so honest, humane and competent! Wish
I could still vote for her but can't afford to move
across the street (gerrymandered).
March 15, 2017, 2:14 pm
Gary from Fort Greene says:
Depending on whether it suits their immediate need for a talking point, Democrats may claim that race is just a social construct or that every possible ethnicity on the planet is a separate race. The party symbol should not be a donkey, but rather a chameleon.
March 16, 2017, 10:29 am
Judi from Cobble Hill says:
Steve from Downtown: You are right about vetting and that is exactly what President Obama's administration had been doing for almost a decade. And that is why we haven't had the "massacres" coming from immigrants to our country, either. Home grown terrorists are another problem altogether...

Bill, yes, all true about Nydia. Plus, she is supportive of her entire district, rich and poor. She has been an excellent Congresswoman for all.
March 16, 2017, 11:21 am
Lucy from Bushwick says:
Judi - which Nydia are you talking about? She is arrogant, rude, and only cares about herself. The woman talks big, but she doesn't know one immigrant herself. She thinks they are beneath her.
March 16, 2017, 6:34 pm

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