Racist Republican Congressman on Live TV Suggests White People Have Contributed More to Civilization Than Anyone Else
Rep. Steve King (R-IA) is perhaps best known to Americans as the man who claimed during the 2014 protests in Ferguson that all the protestors “appear to be of a single, you know, of a single origin, I should say, a continental origin,” suggesting they were all African-American, which was false. One year earlier, King drew national derision when he said thatÂ for every undocumented immigrant in America who’s a “valedictorian,” there are 100 who are running drugs across the Mexican border — and they have “calves the size of cantaloupes.”
Speaking on MSNBC Monday afternoon in a panel discussion, Rep. King, a strong and early supporter of Donald Trump, suggested that white people have made more and/or greater contributions to civilization than non-white people.
Esquire’s Charles Pierce, a frequent and well-respected commentator, noted that the reign of whites across America, especially across the GOP, was drawing to a close as the nation becomes increasingly diverse.
“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,” Pierce told MSNBC’s Chris Hayes, as The Washington Post noted. “That hall is wired by loud, unhappy, dissatisfied white people.”
King was not pleased.
“This ‘old white people’ business does get a little tired, Charlie,” Rep. King responded. “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 sub-group of people contribute more to civilization?”
“Than white people?” a shocked and stunned Hayes, who is 37 and headlines MSNBC’s “All In with Chris Hayes,” inquired.
“Than, than Western civilization itself,” King responded. “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.”
After some input from other panelists, in his usual form Hayes refused to let King’s comment go without refutation.
“We’re not going to argue the history of Western civilization,” Hayes concluded. “Let me note for the record that if you’re looking at the ledger of Western civilization, for every flourishing democracy, you have Hitler and Stalin as well.”
It did not take long for “Steve King” to trend on Twitter, which erupted in anger at King’s remarks:
A @GOP Congressman just referred to non-whites as sub-groups. SUB-GROUPS. You know who else referred to non-whites as sub-groups?
â€” Mike Monteiro (@monteiro) July 19, 2016
Nothing like casual hate speech from an elected official to start your weekhttps://t.co/NbeWEtX3p7
â€” Sean O’Kane (@sokane1) July 19, 2016
Someone should straight-up ask Steve King: “are you a white supremacist?”
The answer is clearly yes. https://t.co/DZzwFkjpad
â€” Adam Jentleson (@AJentleson) July 19, 2016
I’m shocked – shocked – that a leading proponent of Islamophobia has bigoted views about non-white races. https://t.co/Vcipo7IwTD
â€” Tom Gara (@tomgara) July 19, 2016
He must not remember “western civilization”literally living in its own filth until”sub groups” taught them plumbingðŸ˜’ https://t.co/lKpkd5ILMQ
â€” Ø§Ù„ÙŠÚ¯Ø³ÙŠØ³ (@lexi_kenney) July 19, 2016
â€” ericajanes (@ericajanes) July 19, 2016
Rep. Steve King confirms what we all knew: he’s as racist as he is unaware of the history of civilization. https://t.co/xE2RU5UduD
â€” Franklin Leonard (@franklinleonard) July 19, 2016
Hat tip: Gaultier Lover
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State Dept. Kicks National Public Radio Reporter Off Plane After Pompeo’s Unhinged Attack on NPR’s Mary Louise Kelly
The State Dept. has kicked a reporter for National Public Radio off Secretary Mike Pompeo’s plane just days after he attacked a different NPR reporter and even issued an astonishing and false statement accusing her of lying.
PBS NewsHour’s Nick Schifrin reports Michele Kelemen is the NPR reporter, part of the State Dept. press pool, who was removed from Pompeo’s trip to London and Kiev.
State Department removes @NPR‘s @michelekelemen from @SecPompeo plane–where she was scheduled for a pool radio rotation–during upcoming trip to London, Kiev. Comes after @SecPompeo accused media of being “unhinged” after @NPRKelly interview and subsequent back and forth.
— Nick Schifrin (@nickschifrin) January 27, 2020
Last week Pompeo blasted NPR’s Mary Louise Kelly, claiming she had agreed to his remarks on Ukraine being off the record. She had not. At the end of the interview Pompeo reportedly forced Kelly to point out Ukraine on an unlabeled map. Kelly anchors “All Things Considered,” has a master’s in European studies from Cambridge, and is an an adjunct professor at Georgetown University, teaching classes in national security and journalism.
Pompeo issued a press release suggesting she had incorrectly identified Bangladesh when asked to point out Ukraine on the map, which is highly doubtful given her education and background, including being a State Dept. correspondent for two decades.
Schifrin adds the State Dept. Correspondents’ Assoc. has issued a statement condemning the removal of Kelly.
State Dept Correspondents Association’s @shauntandon:”We can only conclude State retaliating against @NPR as result of this exchange..State press corps has long tradition of accompanying secretaries on travel,we find it unacceptable to punish individual member of our association”
— Nick Schifrin (@nickschifrin) January 27, 2020
Here’s Pompeo’s astonishing press release from last week attacking Kelly:
The Secretary of State has issued this statement regarding his NPR interview: pic.twitter.com/Jp6vl3wny9
— Geoff Bennett (@GeoffRBennett) January 25, 2020
Image by U.S. Department of State via Flickr
‘Bizarro World’: Internet Explodes as Pam Bondi Defends President on TV: ‘Frat Houses at Trump University Must Be Wild Now’
Former Florida attorney general Pam Bondi, possibly best-known for refusing to join a fraud investigation into Trump University that ultimately led to the President of the United States forking over $25 million, is right now defending President Trump on national TV during the Senate impeachment trial.
As many on social media noted, Bondi refused to join that investigation that led to a $25 million payment from the president, but was only too happy to accept a $25,000 donation from Donald Trump for her re-election campaign, just as she was deciding on whether or not to investigate him.
Bondi rocketed to the number two trending item on Twitter within minutes of speaking.
On social media some are calling it “bizarro world”:
Pam Bondi, who ended an investigation into Trump University as AG of Florida within weeks of Trump donating to her campaign, is going to defend the President on the topic of corruption. We are in bizarro world.
— David Pakman (@dpakman) January 27, 2020
Some posted evidence:
Copy of the $25,000 check from Trump to Bondi after she mentioned she might be looking into fraud complaints at Trump University https://t.co/e5uBSfw9z4
— Bill Weir (@BillWeirCNN) January 27, 2020
Some say Bondi has experience “overlooking allegations made against Trump”:
Pam Bondi’s job is to attempt to persuade the public to overlook the allegations in Trump’s impeachment.
And when it comes to overlooking allegations made against Trump, she’s got experience.https://t.co/xjqhK2rR1C
— Right Wing Watch (@RightWingWatch) January 27, 2020
Some mocked the “frat houses” that never existed at the now-defunct Trump University:
The frat houses at Trump University must be wild now that Pam Bondi is up.
— Charles P. Pierce (@CharlesPPierce) January 27, 2020
Pam Bondi, who dropped an investigation into Trump University after Trump’s foundation gave her campaign $25,000, is here to lecture us about corruption pic.twitter.com/XH5nlwGrqK
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) January 27, 2020
Trump made an illegal campaign contribution to Florida attorney general Pam Bondi, and she’s the lawyer the Trump defense team chose to talk about corruption? https://t.co/fRBKu0EL2J
— Keith Boykin (@keithboykin) January 27, 2020
Ah, we’ve arrived at the “I’m not impeached, you’re impeached” part of the proceedings in which Pam Bondi will lecture us on corruption and why Biden should be impeached. https://t.co/L3HwBThROV
— Walter Shaub (@waltshaub) January 27, 2020
This Pam Bondi presentation about Hunter Biden is the Trump team achieving in a Senate trial what Trump couldn’t get Ukraine to do: publicly smear the Bidens.
— Geoff Bennett (@GeoffRBennett) January 27, 2020
Pam Bondi is engaged in government-sponsored slander of a private citizen.
— Keith Boykin (@keithboykin) January 27, 2020
‘Ken Starr Punched Himself in the Face’: MSNBC Host Calls Trump Team’s Opener a ‘Total, Unmitigated Disaster’
Legal expert and MSNBC host Ari Melber explained Monday that former independent counsel Ken Starr could not have been a worse person to give an opening statement for President Donald Trump’s impeachment.
Host Nicolle Wallace explained that she was satisfied with not being yelled at on television by Trump’s team, as other lawyers have done. But Melber explained that beyond the volume level, the Trump team isn’t on a successful trajectory.
“This is the first big TV lawyer that we’ve seen deployed, that Donald Trump added to the team,” said Melber. “This was a disaster for Republicans, a total unmitigated legal and constitutional disaster. Ken Starr, at no point in this dramatic, at times, mournful opening, explained in any factual or legal way what’s different. If anything, he drew attention — and there are senators who understand the history — he drew attention to the fact that the last two times in modern history we’ve had impeachments: Clinton and Nixon.”
“They were for less!” exclaimed Wallace.
“They were for abuse of power among the original articles,” Melber agreed. “There were three articles for Nixon, one abuse of power, four initially for Clinton, one abuse of power. Hearing this mumbo jumbo of technical crime vis-à-vis high crime, abuse of power is the ultimate high crime. And so listening to this it was remarkable because Ken Starr is ‘Mr. Abuse of Power’ and I was listening interested, ready, open-minded to hear him somehow distinguish, explain, foreign policy. Nothing. He came up empty.”
Melber went on to call it a case of Starr vs. Starr like he was “shadow-boxing with himself.”
“I think constitutionally it may or may not resolve this case but for lawyers and senators watching constitutionally and anyone paying attention thought, ‘That’s odd.’ You asked a panelist earlier, ‘Well, what’s in his mind?’ We don’t know but we know what’s in his hands, his own hypocritical history,” Melber continued.
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