It was all moderator Chris Hates had to do from starting a verbal altercation between his panelists
Republican congressman, Steve King, is known for having the deadly foot-in-mouth desease, he is even better known for his insensitive, sexist and sometimes racially charged remarks. His latest gaffe, Monday on MSNBC will go down in history as much, for it’s tone-deafness, as for his sheer ignorance about the ‘March Of Civilization”.
While on the MSNBC daily coverage of the GOP convention moderated by Chris Hayes, King was responding to writer Charlie Pierce’s MSNBC panel comments about “old white people” running the Republican Party, when he reached into the Pat Buchanan bag for his own race’s supremacy.
Correspondent April Ryan could not get in her rebutal to Rep King
His justification for his opposition to the minorities outreach program initiated by the Republican Party in 2012, is that ‘non-white “subgroups” have not contributed to civilization.’
King tsaid that as far as he was concerned, the GOP did not need toaccomodate the views and needs of no-white sub-groups, rather they should adher to the needs of the white majority and the other groups would just have to fall in line. In his opinion, trying to broaden the scope of the party’s appeal to be all-inclusive ‘is a waste of time.’
“I would 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 are talking about. Where did any other subgroup of people contribute more to civilization?” the Republican said.
“Than white people?” moderator Chris Hayes interjected.
“Than Western civilization itself that’s rooted in Western Europe, Eastern Europe and the United States of America, and every place where Christianity settled the world,” King replied.
The Hawkeye State congressman’s racist comments on the sidelines of the GOP’s Cleveland convention set off an immediate squabble among the panelists, which included Pierce and reporter April Ryan. Moderator Chris Hayes, unfortunately denied the other panelists the right of rebutal, especially Ryan, the only minority member of the panel who was chomping at the bit to respond to the implied insult.
Hayes mentioned that Europe had produced Hitler and Stalin before trying to quickly end the segment.
“On cable news we’re not going to resolve the relative strengths of various strands of civilizational prowess,” he said as he thanked King for coming on his show.
The congressman has made a name for himself this summer with racial remarks and symbols, saying in June that putting Harriet Tubman on the $20 bill is racist, presumably against white people.
Controversy swirled around the Iowan again earlier this month after a Confederate flag was seen on his desk, despite his having no known connection to the South and his state’s support of the Union in the Civil War.
Social media users blasted the conservative for his apparent white supremacy Monday night, pointing out that he was sitting in front of Arabic numerals, while claiming that only people who looked like him contributed to civilization.
Although Ryan, an Urban Radio Networks correspondent did not get a chance to respond to King’s comments on-air, she later spoke in a Periscope video.
“That was just in-my-face racism,” she said, adding that America was built off of the labor of black slaves.
Ryan added in a later tweet that King was “mentally stunted I think.”
Hayes said he may not have made the right call in letting King get off the hook, but called the entire idea of debating the supremacy of one race “odious.”