When I started this project a few months ago, I never imagined the rich vein of lunacy to be tapped from Colorado right-wing radio.
In this installment of the most profane, intellectually-stunted, and ludicrous statement made on Colorado talk radio today, Newsradio 850 KOA blabber “Gunny” Bob Newman is pure gold – of the dumbstruck variety. On the December 14 broadcast of “The Gunny Bob Show”, our intrepid miner chipped off yet another flakey statement about immigrants that has been disproved time and time again.
Responding to a caller, Bob Newman can’t help himself as he tumbles down the mineshaft.
CALLER: Yeah, hiya. Can you confirm this for me, that we — we’re losing 12 citizens every day to illegal aliens?
NEWMAN: You mean nationwide?
NEWMAN: I — I do not have a report like that in front of me, so I cannot confirm it independently. No.
CALLER: Yeah. I got it from someplace. I get so much mail, you know, from the anti-immigration people and all that stuff, that —
NEWMAN: Anti-immigration, or anti-illegal immigration?
CALLER: Yeah, anti-illegal immigration.
NEWMAN: Got it.
CALLER: So anyway, I thought that you might want to hear about that.
NEWMAN: Yeah, again — I don’t know if that figure is accurate and I don’t have a study like that in front of me. It would be quite easy to find out, I would imagine.
CALLER: Yeah, it doesn’t sound too good.
NEWMAN: No, it doesn’t. When you look at — I saw one study earlier this year that said 28 percent of our prisons — and this is just one study and I don’t have it sitting in front of me. Twenty-eight percent of our prisons are, are filled with illegal aliens. Twenty-eight percent. Which is — which is very disproportionate, if that number is accurate. It would be very disproportionate to, to their percentage of the regular population.
CALLER: Yeah, I’ve been hearing numbers similar to that too. So.
NEWMAN: Well, there you have it. [Caller], thank you for your call. That is an interesting figure that [caller] brought out, but what I’ll do is, I’ll try to — at the top of the hour break — I’ll look around, see if I can verify or shoot down that figure.
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NEWMAN: According to Representative Steve King out of Iowa, 12 Americans are murdered every day by illegal aliens. Twelve Americans — and so there you have it. And that’s according to Congressman Steve King out of Iowa. 303-713-8585. So, [caller], apparently your, your figure — at least by Congressman King’s statistics — are accurate.
Too bad for Gunny this nugget is bunk. The statement attributed to Rep. King is patently untrue. In fact, his alleged source – the non-partisan U.S. Government Accountability Office – never released a report stating such statistics. Nor could one honestly extrapolate figures like that, as the Congressman claims to have done.
Back to the salt mines for you, Gunny.