Seldom has a drink of water caused such a political controversy. But Congressman Steve King's gulp at an immigration detention facility has reignited a debate about conditions on the US-Mexico border and drawn Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez into the fray. The details about what's going on:
- The start of it: The controversy stems from AOC's visit with other lawmakers to Border Patrol facilities earlier this summer. Afterward, the congresswoman said detainees in overcrowded cells had to drink toilet water.
- King pushes back: The Iowa Republican says the toilet claims are overblown. He shared a video of himself drinking from a fountain attached to a toilet in a cell. "I smacked my lips," he told constituents at a town hall, per NBC News.