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Congressman at RNC suggests 'white people' have done more for civilization than any other 'sub-group'

Speaking on an MSNBC panel Monday night, Rep. Steve King (R-IA) asked, "Where did any other sub-group of people contribute more to civilization?”

An MSNBC panel at the Republican National Convention Monday devolved into yelling after Rep. Steve King (R-IA) suggested that "white people" have contributed more to civilization than any other category or "sub-group of people."

King's comments came in response to Esquire writer Charles Pierce lamenting that "old white people" continue to command the Republican Party's platform and its public face.

"In that hall today, that hall is wired," Pierce said. "It's wired by unhappy, dissastified white people."

"This whole 'white people' business does get a little tired, Charlie," King responded. "I'd ask you to go back through history and figure out, where have these contributions 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?" MSNBC host Chris Hayes asked.

"Than—than western civilization itself, that's rooted in western Europe, eastern Europe, and the United States of America, and every place where the footprint of Christianity settled the world," King said. "That's all of western civilization."

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