Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) participated in a panel on MSNBC on Monday led by Chris Hayes about the first day of the Republican National Convention and Donald Trump’s racially insensitive comments.
King came to Trump’s defense and claimed that he had “modified” his behavior in reference to his racial insensitivity.
When confronted with the apparent whiteness of the Republican party, King stated,
“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?”
Hayes responded by saying, “Than white people?”
To which Rep. King responded,
“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.”
King’s comments were met with disapproval from others on the panel, but King’s response is almost unbelievable.
However, this isn’t shocking considering the fact that King was in the news not too long ago for including a Confederate flag on the desk in his office.
The Washington Post reports that,
“[King’s] 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.”