June 30th, 2010
05:43 PM ET
4 years ago

California congressman calls activist 'wacko'

California Democrat Pete Stark had a spirited discussion at a recent town hall.
California Democrat Pete Stark had a spirited discussion at a recent town hall.

(CNN) - Rep. Pete Stark must like going viral, at least amongst his conservative detractors.

"Who are you going to kill today?" is how he solicited a question from a self-proclaimed Minuteman - the volunteer organization, which tries to prevent illegal crossings of the U.S. border - at a recent town hall meeting in Fremont, California. It went from there.

The questioner continued, seen on a video posted by The Golden Gate Minuteman on Youtube, questioning the California Democrat over what the government will do to "to seal our borders so that we're a solvent country again."

Stark's answer: "We can't get enough Minuteman armed. We'd like to get all the Minuteman armed so they could stop shooting the people here," Stark said.


The questioner defended himself: "That's not our job – we're just citizens looking for the United States government to constitutionally protect us."

"We'll try to get you some more arms and get you down there to shoot people," Stark responded.

The back and forth continued. Other attendees joined in asking the congressman to provide his "smart answer".

"Our borders are quite secure, thank you," the congressman stated. The questioner continued, stating many undocumented immigrants cross the border every year and that it would then not be secure. Stark asked the questioner what he would do to secure the border.

"I would send about 25,000 troops down there for one thing. I would build a wall," he said.

The congressman asked how high a wall and how long and then said "we'll go start a ladder company" and "I'll sell a whole lot of ladders."

"This is a very serious matter," the questioner continued, "and you're making fun of it."

"I don't have to make fun of you, sir, you do a fine job all by yourself," Stark retorted later referring to the questioner as a "wacko."

Stark's office had no comment on his statements.

This is not the first time Stark has spoken his mind during a town hall. In September of last year he told a man he wouldn't "waste the urine" to pee on his leg.


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soundoff (92 Responses)
  1. ib

    If he wants to see a wacko all he has to do is look in a mirror.

    June 30, 2010 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  2. jenn, philadelphia

    The Congressman thinks are borders are already secure? What does he consider 12 million illegals already here and more coming in daily? What does he consider the increase in drug smuggling, kidnappings and killings along the border states? With the likes of this guy, Nancy Pelosi, Barbara Boxer and Diane Feinstein coming out of California, it explains how the jokers still there have let the state get in the condition they find themselves, broke (and they were going broke before the economic crisis).

    June 30, 2010 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  3. Mike Johnson

    well .. this confirms it .. I have long suspected that California is full of idiots ... how else could a guy like this get elected to congress?

    June 30, 2010 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  4. stevegee

    They took over the auto industry, then healthcare, now financial services, energy is next, and then You.

    Wake up people! Obama and the Democrats are "changing" our country into a socialist nightmare. In November, vote American, vote Republican.

    June 30, 2010 09:18 pm at 9:18 pm |
  5. Dawn

    It's about time Dems start letting these idiots that think immigration reform is as simple as building a wall or fence show how stupid they are. I applaud Rep. Stark! Hopefully immigration reform is the next hurdle Obama tackles.

    June 30, 2010 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  6. vwrtb

    Build a wall! Lmao! Like Russia did for Germany?

    June 30, 2010 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  7. vwrtb

    Mr. Minute men... tear down this wall!

    June 30, 2010 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  8. bryan

    what an arrogant little man.

    June 30, 2010 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  9. maf

    Mr. Stark better polish up his resume! This is also a time when a Democrat incumbent, with a lack of judgement and substantive answers should be in jeopardy of not being re-elected. Is he SERIOUS!

    The Democrats had better be looking at an exchange of personnel in California.

    June 30, 2010 09:48 pm at 9:48 pm |
  10. Johnny Five

    "F" Stark. He's not my bag but if my rep ever told the people here that, his rear end would be toast.

    I hope California elects someone who can answer questions without name calling.

    It doesn't matter which party a rep is from, they have the obligation to hear from every citizen and answer in truth.

    June 30, 2010 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
  11. ConstitutionalPatriot

    What a scumbag of a congressman. Sell ladders? Is he saying he likes illegal immigration? Seems to me representatives from California have a serious deficit between reality and their perception of it.

    June 30, 2010 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
  12. bigdoglv

    Watch the whole video. This guy is everything that is wrong with our government. What an elitest piece of garbage.

    June 30, 2010 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
  13. GT

    What a remarkable example of how 'representatives' should interact with their voters. The people of California need to wake up and elect Honorable individuals to represent them.

    June 30, 2010 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  14. BushWhacked

    The congressman has my vote. Abraham Maslow was right when he said; "Give a man a hammer and everything becomes a nail". These right wing wackos just don't get it. My check is the mail Rep. Starks.

    June 30, 2010 09:58 pm at 9:58 pm |
  15. Mom of 3

    Disgusting. All i can say is disgusting.

    June 30, 2010 09:58 pm at 9:58 pm |
  16. Elliott Carlin

    Sounds like Pete is going to be joining Bennett and Specter on the sidelines shortly.

    Notice The Tea Party isn't getting much press lately? The MSM knows they gave a bit too much publicity to them and have backed off.

    Goodbye Pete.

    June 30, 2010 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  17. Marge

    Heck they are worst than wackos all they want to do is promote hate, and violence. wacko wacko wacko...It is about time a Democrat stood and and fired back. There have been too many darn republicans calling names and inciting to riot. We should call em as we see em. WACKO AND NUTSO.

    June 30, 2010 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  18. kd

    Good for Stark. Those minutemen people ARE wackos.

    June 30, 2010 10:03 pm at 10:03 pm |
  19. malabar

    And people wonder why the Republicans will stomp the dems in nov. Stark just taking his cue from Obummer, disrespect and avoid any1 with legitamite questions that u cant or wont answer honestly. obviously the dems are kidding when they act offended by a Republican doing anythng similar. glad thats clear.

    June 30, 2010 10:08 pm at 10:08 pm |
  20. Big Al in Big H

    The guy is a wacko. It's easy to suggest a solution, but without thinking about how to pay for it or the logistics involved, it accomplishes nothing by only having a wish list. Maybe he should just wish that all peoples south of the border be born with American citizenship. Then he can use his gun for something productive, like shooting tin cans.

    June 30, 2010 10:09 pm at 10:09 pm |
  21. Zack

    Haha, that's great, he has a great sense of humor. Those idiots who want to build a wall just want to waste money – it doesn't matter if the wall is a ile high and lined with machine guns, people will find a way over, around or under it if they have enough motivation, and the illegals crossing the border obviously do.

    June 30, 2010 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
  22. Anonymous

    This man is obviously sick.

    June 30, 2010 10:11 pm at 10:11 pm |
  23. Jane

    No wonder people are pissed off at politicians. You cannot even express your views anymore.

    June 30, 2010 10:12 pm at 10:12 pm |
  24. Jerry Shen

    Unbelievable. How could this idiot could be elected?

    June 30, 2010 10:14 pm at 10:14 pm |
  25. jacobust

    Stark is another incumbent set to bite the big one!

    June 30, 2010 10:14 pm at 10:14 pm |
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