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GOP Congressman: Protesters Not Looting Tattoo Parlor Because They Have “Friendliest Relationships” There

“I’m not sure why they’re not looting the tattoo parlor except that they might have some of the strongest, friendliest relationships there.”

Republican Rep. Steve King made a number of comments about the clashes between police and protesters in Ferguson, Mo., following the death of an unarmed black teenager.

Earlier Thursday, in comments published by Right Wing Watch King said he saw no reason to be concerned of racial profiling because all the protesters were of a single “continental origin.”

“This idea of no racial profiling,” King said, “I’ve seen the video. It looks to me like you don’t need to bother with that particular factor because they all appear to be of a single, you know, of a single origin, I should say, a continental origin might be the way to phrase that.”

In an extended version of that same interview with NewsmaxTV, King said protesters were not looting a local tattoo parlor because their friends work at the establishment.

“They’re not going to loot the gun store because there’s someone in there with one,” King said. “I’m not sure why they’re not looting the tattoo parlor except that they might have some of the strongest, friendliest relationships there.”

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Andrew Kaczynski is a political reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.
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