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Video: Congressman Threatens Anti-Immigration Protester, 'I'll Drop Your Ass'

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A freshman congressman got a crash course in PR after a video has surfaced of him threatening a protester and telling him, "I'll drop your ass."

Representative Steve Knight, a Republican congressman whose district includes Palmdale and Santa Clarita, confronted anti-immigration protestors outside after an open house event at his new Simi Valley office on Friday. A man who called himself "Mike" shook Knight's hand—rather forcefully, it seems—telling the politician, "You told me you didn't vote amnesty and you did. I looked it up on the Internet. You lied to me." Mike then gives him a sarcastic pat on the arm.

In response, Knight gets up in Mike's face and says to him, "If you touch me again, I'll drop your ass."

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In the remainder of the video, the protestors claim that the congressman voted on a bill that provided funds for Obama's "amnesty" for immigrants. Knight, a former LAPD officer according to the L.A. Times, says he voted on a different version of the bill to fund the Department of Homeland Security.

On an online forum for a group calling itself "Save Our State," a letter was posted calling for Knight to apologize for his threat that was "childish and uncalled for." The letter added:

When a Congressman tells a private Citizen that he’s "going to drop your ass", while surrounded by his security agents that are most probably armed. That is not only abusive it also crosses a dangerous line. I think it’s fair to say that Steve Knight has some anger issues, and quite possibly a screw loose.

This version of Save Our State was formed out of the remains of its previous iteration, an anti-immigrant activist group that was named by the Southern Poverty Law Center as a hate group.