Who Is The Tolstoy Of The Republicans?

Unbelievable (boldface mine):

Rep. Steve King (R-IA) on Monday challenged the other participants on an MSNBC panel to name a “subgroup” that contributed more to civilization than white people.

That smoking hot take came moments after Esquire writer Charles Pierce declared that the 2016 Republican National Convention would be the last time “old white people” would command the attention of the Republican Party.

“This whole business does get a little tired, Charlie,” King said. “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?”

“Than white people?” MSNBC host Chris Hayes interjected.

“Than—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 said. “That’s all of western civilization.”

“But what about Africa, what about Asia?” reporter April Ryan asked.

King won a majority of votes in his district.


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12 Responses to Who Is The Tolstoy Of The Republicans?

  1. AndrewD says:

    Well Mr. King are you saying that Jesus Christ, your redeemer and founder* of Christianity was a white European?
    *for some types of founding

  2. Veronica says:

    So many things wrong with that statement. But I’ll just go with the first one that crossed my mind . . . he’s never heard of China?

  3. DabblesInArt says:

    So basically, this is the only time a Republican will call Middle Eastern people white?

  4. Bayesian Bouffant, FCD says:

    This rose out of an incident in which it was discovered that Steve King keeps a confederate flag on his desk. He’s from Iowa. Iowa was not a confederate state.

    • Sam240 says:

      I’m reminded of a line from Bart vs. Lisa vs. the Third Grade episode of the Simpsons.

      Capital City Goofball: “The time has come to change our state flag. This Confederate symbol is an embarrassment, particularly as we are a northern state.”

      Steve King has less sense than a literal goofball.

  5. jrkrideau says:


  6. Net Denizen says:

    I am continually amazed that this asshat keeps getting re-elected in Iowa. Must be a pretty damned “red” (pun intended) district he comes from….

  7. Jane Hay says:

    Hmmm… let me see – is he counting the Middle Eastern cultures as “white” or “western”? Seems I remember that agriculture, and later city states, started independently in Turkey, China, the Indus River basin, and MesoAmerica……I think he needs some remedial ancient history LOL

  8. Lora says:


    Next question.

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