Steve King: TSA Gives Grandma ‘The Spread-Eagle Search’ While ’20-Year-Old Middle Eastern Male Waltzes Through’

During the same event, Rep. Steve King criticized multicultural groups at Iowa State University, recalling a time he browsed through the school’s directory of student organizations after speaking on the campus several years ago. “It started with Asians and it ended with Zeitgeist, so from A to Z, and most of them were victims’ groups — victimology — people that feel sorry for themselves, and they’re out there recruiting our young people to be part of the group that feels sorry for themselves,” King said.

Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa speaks in Washington.

Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) said Monday that the TSA’s security screening in U.S. airports needs to be more selective so grandmothers don’t get “the spread-eagle search” while a “20-year-old Middle Eastern male waltzes through with a smirk on his face.”

During a town hall meeting in Le Mars, Iowa, King told attendees that he disagrees with federal officials who think that airport security should follow a uniform procedure for passenger screening.

“As America, we’ve decided that we’re going to process everybody the same,” King said. “So that means the 75-year-old grandmother gets the spread-eagle search and while that happens, maybe the 20-year-old Middle Eastern male waltzes through with a smirk on his face. I’m not making that up. I’ve seen that. That image will not ever leave my mind.”

“But we have to do that, apparently, because we’re so squeamish about making judgment calls that we’ve put everybody through a formula and a process so that everybody gets searched, and I don’t know if we’ll ever get away from that,” King added.


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