Rep. King Defends 'Western Civilization,' Causes Uproar
Defending his party’s reputation of consisting mainly of "old, white people," Republican Rep. Steve King of Iowa on Monday questioned where “any other subgroup of people” contributed more to society than in Western civilization.
"This 'old, white people' business does get a little tired," King said on MSNBC Monday, hours before the first speaker would take the stage at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland. "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?"
"Than white people?" asked MSNBC's Chris Hayes, slightly stunned.
"Than Western civilization itself,” King replied. “It’s rooted in Western Europe, Eastern Europe and the Unites States of America and every place where the footprint of Christianity settled the world. That’s all of Western civilization."
It’s not the first time King appeared to question the value of other, non-white "subgroups." In 2013, he drew fire after declaring that for every [undocumented immigrant] who’s a valedictorian, there’s another 100 out there who weigh 130 pounds–and they’ve got calves the size of cantaloupes because they’re hauling 75 pounds of marijuana across the desert."
Trump: Clinton's Speech an 'Insulting Collection of Clichés'
Donald Trump has officially weighed in on Hillary Clinton's acceptance speech. It appears he didn't like it. The GOP nominee posted the following on Facebook on Friday morning:
Hillary Clinton’s speech was an insulting collection of clichés and recycled rhetoric. She spent the evening talking down to the American people she’s looked down on her whole life.Hillary Clinton talks about unity, about E Pluribus Unum, but her globalist agenda denies American citizens the protections to which they are all entitled – tearing us apart. Her radical amnesty plan will take jobs, resources and benefits from the most vulnerable citizens of the United States and give them to the citizens of other countries. Her refusal to even say the words ‘Radical Islam’, or to mention her disaster in Libya, or her corrupt email scheme, all show how little she cares about the safety of the American people.It’s a speech delivered from a fantasy universe, not the reality we live in today.Hillary Clinton says America is stronger together. But in Hillary Clinton’s America, millions of people are left out in the cold. She only stands together with the donors and special interests who’ve bankrolled her entire life. Excluded from Hillary Clinton’s America are the suffering people living in our inner cities, or the victims of open borders and drug cartels, or the people who’ve lost their jobs because of the Clintons’ trade deals, or any hardworking person who doesn’t have enough money to get a seat at Hillary Clinton’s table.
Trump Seems to Distance Himself from the RNC
Donald Trump, who once promised a "monumentally magnificent" and "brilliantly staged" Republican convention, now says he wasn't really involved with producing the event.
"I didn't produce our show," Trump told the New York Times' Jim Rutenberg when asked about how it differed from the Democratic convention. "I just showed up for the final speech on Thursday."
The GOP nominee says he's happy with how things turned out, even if he wasn't the master planner.
"I thought our stage in Cleveland was much more beautiful," Trump said at a campaign event in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, on Thursday night. "I also liked my children better than their stars." (Trump's kids — Donald Jr., Ivanka, Eric and Tiffany — all spoke during primetime.)
Trump told the Washington Post in April that he would inject some "showbiz" into the GOP convention, but his campaign managed to attract only a few celebrities to appear at the event.
Breaking Down the Clinton Speech
Clinton Bluntly Refutes Trump's National Security Credentials
The Clinton campaign has used a number of Donald Trump’s comments on national security against him in ads and on the campaign trail. And she hammered it home during her nomination speech.
“Now Donald Trump says, and this is a quote, ‘I know more about ISIS than the generals do.’ No, Donald, you don't,” she said.
Clinton has used Trump’s temperament as proof he is unfit to be commander in chief. And she used his social media musings to make the point on Thursday.
"A man you can bait with a tweet is not a man we can trust with nuclear weapons," she said.
Clinton Calls Trump's RNC Speech 'Odd'
Clinton: He spoke for "seventy-odd minutes -- and I do mean odd"
Clinton: 'Join Us'
Running through a litany of policy goals, including equal pay for equal work, affordable health care, a higher living wage and expanding Social Security, Clinton said like-minded voters should "join us!"
The crowd started finishing her sentences, shouting "join us."
It was an attempt to reach out to Sanders supporters, #NeverTrumpers and the apolitical.
"Whatever party you belong to, or if you belong to no party at all, if you share these beliefs, this is your campaign," she said.
Clinton: 'I Believe in Science!'
Clinton: We've Reached a Milestone...
Hillary Clinton drew raucous applause when she acknowledged the historic nature of her presidential run.
“Tonight, we've reached a milestone in our nation's march toward a more perfect union: the first time that a major party has nominated a woman for President,” she said.
Female leadership has been a major theme of the DNC’s convention. Clinton added that her nomination isn’t just a benchmark for females.
She said she was also happy for men “because when any barrier falls in America, for anyone, it clears the way for everyone. When there are no ceilings, the sky's the limit.”
Clinton: The Sky's the Limit
Clinton: I Will Carry You to the White House
Continuing on with President Barack Obama's plea for his coalition to "carry" Hillary Clinton to victory on Election Day, she said, "With your help I will carry all of your stories and voices with me to the White House."
Even those that don't vote for her she promises.
She says she'll fight "for all Americans together."