WATCH: Steve King Asks What Race Contributed More to Western Civilization than Whites

While on MSNBC during the first day of the Republican National Convention, Iowa Representative Steve King once again said something controversial that left the other panelists stunned. Despite controversial comments like these, King was re-elected to another term in the House.

Charles Pierce of Esquire noted that white people lead the Republican Party. King responded by asking him what other “sub groups” had contributed to Western Civilization as much as whites.

King said:

This whole ‘white people’ business, though, does get a little tired, Charlie. I mean, 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 to civilization?

The comments were quickly denounced by MSNBC host Chris Hayes, who tweeted that he wished there was time for author April Ryan to respond.

As for Ryan, she tweeted to several Twitter followers who support her.

King has been representing Iowa in the House since 1997. His latest controversy came just last week, when a KCAU report revealed that King has a Confederate Flag on his desk. Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad even told The Des Moines Register that he doesn’t agree with King’s decision to have the flag on his dest.

“People have a right to display whatever they want to. But I’m proud to say we’re on the side of the Union. And we won the war,” Branstad said.

King also blamed the shooting of five police officers in Dallas for President Barack Obama: