Just when you think Ken Cuccinelli can’t get any more heinous, he does.
Cuccinelli: Well, I saw the same rat story about D.C. that y’all have been talking about. What you may not know is that last year, in its finite wisdom, the D.C. City Council passed a new law, or a triumph of animal rights over human health, where those pest control people you suggested they bring in aren’t allowed to kill the rats. They have to relocate the rats and not only that — that’s actually not the worst part — they cannot break up the families of the rats. Now, as actual experts in pest control will tell you, if you don’t move an animal at least 25 miles, it’ll come back. And so what’s the solution to that? Well, cross a river.
Host: Send ’em over to Virginia, that’s right.
Cuccinelli: Guess why I care about that sort of thing?
Other host: I bet.
Cuccinelli: Anyway, it is worse than our immigration policy — you can’t break up rat families. Or raccoons or all the rest and you can’t even kill them. It’s unbelievable.
As dcist points out, Kookinelli is wrong on every level here – on the animal law (in fact, it “explicitly exempts rats and mice from its provisions” – nice try, though, Cuckoo Boy), on the supposed smuggling of rats into Virginia (apparently, Kooky has a vivid fantasy life), and on the comparison of immigrants to rats. As dcist puts it, “we’re not really sure if that little snipe about immigration policy means that you think that immigrants should be killed. Just for that, we’re sending a few hundred extra rats over tonight.”
Remind me again, who the heck voted for this bigoted ignoramus exactly? Wow.
h/t: Rachel Levy