Holy cow, did GOP Rep. Steve King really say that?
While some Republicans are wringing their hands over the lack of diversity in their party, Rep. Steve King from Iowa’s reveling in it.
But what else would you expect from the guy who once so memorably described Mexicans as having “calves the size cantaloupes” from hauling bales of illegal drugs across the desert? You see, Steve King’s never been one to mince words.
On Monday, Chris Hayes led an MSNBC panel to discuss day one of the Republican National Convention (RNC). And of course, one of the first topics that came up was Donald Trump’s racism and that of his followers. Charlie Pierce from Esquire called out the Republican Party for its lack of diversity.
“If you’re really optimistic, you can say that this is the last time that old white people will command the Republican party’s attention, its platform, its public face. That hall is wired. That hall is wired by loud, unhappy, dissatisfied white people.”
But Steve King was having none of that.
Steve King: “This ‘old white people’ business does get a little tired, Charlie.”
You see, by Steve King’s white supremacist logic, white people have a right to dominate the GOP because their “subgroup” has invented the most stuff.
“This ‘old white people’ business does get a little tired, Charlie. I’d ask you to go back through history and figure out, where are these contributions that have been made by these other categories of people that you’re talking about, where did any other subgroup of people contribute more to civilization?”
Who’s contributed more to civilization “than white people?” a flabbergasted Chris Hayes interrupted. But Steve King soldiered on.
“Than, than Western civilization itself. It’s rooted in Western Europe, Eastern Europe and the United States of America and every place where the footprint of Christianity settled the world. That’s all of Western civilization.”
Aghast, April Ryan exclaimed, “What about Asia? What about Africa?”
But really, what else would you expect from an old, white troglodyte like Steve King? As the Washington Post reminds us:
King was in the news most recently for including a Confederate flag among a cluster of pennants on the desk in his office, but his history of racially inflammatory comments extends back much further. In 2013, King was criticized by his peers after he insisted that for every immigrant in the country illegally who becomes a valedictorian, “there’s another 100 out there that — they weigh 130 pounds, and they’ve got calves the size of cantaloupes because they’re hauling 75 pounds of marijuana across the desert.” Earlier this year, he pushed hard to block the addition of Harriet Tubman to the $20 bill.
Oh, and there’s also that lovely tweet Steve King made after the Dallas police shooting.
#DallasPoliceShooting has roots in first of anti-white/cop events illuminated by Obama…Officer Crowley. There were others.
— Steve King (@SteveKingIA) July 8, 2016
By the way, Steve King is wrong. White people did not invent everything. The following is a short list of important things that were invented by our non-white ancestors:
Control of fire (East Africa), speech (sub-Saharan Africa), the compass (China), paper (China), mirrors (Lebanon), calendars and clocks (Egypt), Hindu-Arabic numerals (India and Iraq), anesthetics (Incas), representative democracy (Iroquois League, North America), Parkas (Inuit), syringes (North America), Iron smelting (West Africa), harnesses and stirrups (China), spinning wheel (India), and agriculture (Fertile Crescent).
Watch: Rep. Steve King defends white supremacy on MSNBC.
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