The Republican convention is putting its most racist foot forward as Rep. Steve King (R-IA) told MSNBC that white people have made more contributions to history than any other “sub-group.”
The Washington Post recapped the exchange on MSNBC:
“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,” Esquire’s Charles Pierce said. “That hall is wired,” he continued. “That hall is wired by loud, unhappy, dissatisfied white people.”
“This ‘old white people’ business does get a little tired, Charlie,” King said. “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?”
“Than white people?” Hayes asked, clearly amazed.
“Than, than Western civilization itself,” King replied. “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.”
Rep. King’s comments were straight out of white supremacy. White supremacists believe that white people are superior to all other races, or as Rep. King called every non-white person on the planet “sub-groups.”
Steve King said exactly what Donald Trump is selling, and the message that is being broadcast to the rest of the country is one of racism. The Republican Party is selling racism in Cleveland.
Republicans are still trying to make America forget about George W. Bush and Sarah Palin, but the stain of racism that Trump is leaving on the Republican Party’s white bed sheets may not come off for decades to come.
It is day one of the Republican convention, but Trump’s circus has already established a new low for the injection of race and division into our politics.
The Republican Party may never recover from Trump’s four-day bender of hate that is unfolding in Cleveland.
Mr. Easley is the managing editor. He is also a White House Press Pool and a Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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