Rep. Steve King hosted a marathon six-hour news conference Wednesday on the Capitol lawn to protest the proposed pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants under debate by lawmakers.
His lengthy protest provided a loud forum for not only King but many other outraged citizens who showed up at the press conference not only in solidarity over his no-amnesty immigration position but to voice opposition to the recent IRS targeting of conservative groups.
A colorful throng carrying signs and chanting converged in Washington to let Congress know they are angry about a multitude of issues including what they see as a growing climate of government overreach, according to Business Insider
About 300 people were in the crowd by 9 a.m., the Washington Post
reported, as King, one of the most outspoken critics of the current immigration bill, was flanked by Republican House colleagues Randy Weber of Texas, Matt Salmon of Arizona, Paul Broun of Georgia, and Louie Gohmert of Texas.
As the crowd grew throughout the day — including many tea party groups, veterans, and older voters — Gohmert spoke to the mounting frustration over the direction the country was headed.
"The Bible talks about there will come a time when right is wrong and wrong is right. There are some of us who have scratched our bald heads . . . wondering where are we going," Gohmert told the crowd.
"I think we have seen some answered prayer, because what has been in the dark is coming to light. We have seen with some of these government agencies, including Homeland Security, what they have wanted to keep in the dark has been coming to light," Gohmert said.
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