Rep. Steve King embarrasses Iowans on national stage

Photo by Jon Winet
Photo by Jon Winet

“It is my honor, to launch and begin the 2016 Republican National Hungry for Power Games!” said Stephen Colbert Sunday from the stage of the Quickens Loans Arena. The comedian, dressed as Caesar Flickerman from the Hunger Games series was quickly escorted off stage by security but not before he was able to say into the microphone, “Listen, I know I’m not supposed to be up here, but neither is Donald Trump.” This spectacle of shock and nervous laughter set the tone for Monday’s contributions from our Iowa representatives at the RNC.

Steve King’s History Lesson

Congressman Steve King (R) from Iowa’s 4th District made a statement regarding the contributions of “other categories of people” to civilization during a live RNC broadcast on MSNBC.

“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?” said King.

“It’s rooted in Western Europe, Eastern Europe and the United States of America,” said King. “And every place where the footprint of Christianity settled the world. That’s all of Western civilization.”

The remark was offensive and shockingly uninformed, not only marginalizing the contributions of all people to society, but primarily the contributions of non-whites in the building of America as well as the contributions of non-white Christians.

Today King doubled-down on his statement.

“That comes out of the mouths of liberals on a daily basis around this country,” King told the Quad City Times. “They’re disparaging a group of people. And it’s about time somebody stood up for that group of people.”

“And there’s no culture, no civilization in the history of the world that’s contributed more in the area of math, or science or technology or medicine or literature,” King continued. “That’s just a clear fact. And it runs directly contrary to their theory of multiculturalism, which is every culture is equal. They’re not. They’re not equal in their contribution. And we ought to be selecting the best we can from what each culture has to offer.”

Classic Joni on the main stage

Iowa freshman senator Joni Ernst took the main stage Monday evening and showed us why she has garnered such attention in her party as of late (it was widely speculated that Trump may have chosen her for his vice-presidential running mate). After offering shout-outs to her party, her home state and the members of our armed service, Ernst proceeded with her familiar narrative of humility, opportunity and determination.

“I never would have guessed than a farm girl like me, from Montgomery County would have the opportunity to serve as the first woman elected to federal office from Iowa,” said Ernst. “However my parents always said to my brother, sister and me that if we worked hard anything was possible. Growing up we didn’t have much but what we didn’t have in money, my parents, particularly my mother, made up for with tenacity.”

Ernst seemed to have inherited some of that tenacity as she spent the remainder of her speech launching criticisms toward the presumptive democratic candidate Hillary R. Clinton. She painted Secretary of State Clinton as soft on terrorism and lax on national security, an inadequate ally to Israel and as a leader unconcerned with the needs of her constituents. She vouched her support for Trump as an alternative.

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“With Hillary Clinton it’s always about her. It should be about you!” said Ernst. “Donald Trump is focused on you! He gave a voice to a movement of millions of Americans who were tired of business as usual. I know as president he will work tirelessly to make America safe.”

Grassley wants to bathe in Ernst’s limelight

And Sen. Chuck Grassley pondered what Sen. Joni Ernst’s newfound star power could mean for Chuck Grassley.

“I hang on to her as close as I can so I can get as famous as she is,” said Grassley. “She laughs about it, but she doesn’t know I’m very intrigued with the idea of getting better known, through her.”

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