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Congressman's Drink of Water Becomes a Flashpoint

Steve King says claims of immigrants drinking out of toilets are overblown, but AOC fires back
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 5, 2019 11:05 AM CDT
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Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, listens to a question during a news conference on Aug. 23, 2019, in Des Moines, Iowa.   (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

(Newser) – 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.

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