Steve King may have faced backlash over his ‘Dreamers are drug mules’ comments, but one Wisconsin official has taken harsh immigration comments to a whole different level.
Steve Krieser, a top official at Wisconsin’s Department of Transportation, wrote on Facebook that he sees undocumented immigrants as none other than the devil.
“You may see Jesus when you look at them. I see Satan,” he said. “The illegals themselves have bred the animus that many American citizens feel toward them….If they don’t like it here, hey, the door they came through to get here swings both ways.”
According to the Milkwaukee Journal Sentinel, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker fired Krieser within two hours of being told of the post.
“These comments are repugnant, completely unacceptable, and have no place in Governor Walker’s administration,” Tom Evenson, spokesman for Walker, said in a statement. “Governor Walker condemns his views, and they do not represent the governor or his administration in any way.”
The conversation was sparked after another politician posted a photo of an “illegal immigrant hunting permit” sticker.
“Can we not sell these stickers in 2013?” Democrat Assemblyman Gordon Hintz posted. Wisconsin Republican Rep. Joe Handrick agreed with Hintz saying “about 2000 years ago there lived a man who, if he came here, would be considered a foreigner….his name was Jesus,” Handrick said.
That’s when Krieser jumped into the debate and posted his offensive statement.
He has since deleted the post. Krieser apologized for his comparison saying “if I had to do it over, I would not have put it up.”