Iowa Rep. Steve King was blasted by Vanity Fair and a slew of other media outlets on Monday night for allegedly racist comments in defense of Western civilization.
Esquire magazine’s Charles Pierce told an MSNBC panel at the Republican convention in Cleveland that he was optimistic “this is the last time that old white people will command the Republican party’s attention, its platform, its public face.” Mr. King then countered the premise that skin color has any bearing on a philosophy’s merits.
“This ‘old white people’ business does get a little tired, Charlie. 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?” the Iowa congressman said.
“Than white people?” MSNBC’s Chris Hayes asked.
“Than Western civilization itself. 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,” Mr. King said.
Vanity Fair then published a piece headlined “Congressman Steve King Makes White Supremacist Comments on Live TV.”
The Huffington Post echoed the magazine with its own story, “A GOP Congressman Just Made An Argument For White Supremacy On Live TV.”
American Urban Radio Networks White House correspondent April Ryan, who also took part in the interview, said she was “kind of shaken” by Mr. King’s comments, the magazine reported.
“That exact moment where Congressman Steve King goes full white supremacist. An ahistorical mess. Textbook racism,” tweeted New York Daily News writer Shaun King.
Readers at the Daily Caller questioned why Mr. Pierce’s use of “white” as a pejorative term is not worthy of condemnation by Vanity Fair, but a broad-based defense of Western civilization constitutes “white supremacy.”
‘[Mr. Pierce’s] question about ‘old white people’ was itself racist. I only fault King for not throwing that term — sacrosanct to the Left — right back in the interviewer’s face. It is high time to call them out on this when they talk about ‘white people,’” wrote one reader.
“Peter King’s a racist? Well, then that paints every luminary of Western Civilization, Greek Antiquity (Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, Xenophon, etc.,), every luminary of Christianity […] as a racist,” added another.