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Iowa Rep. Steve King defends RNC's lack of diversity on televised panel

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CLEVELAND (KWWL) -

An Iowa politician is getting attention at the Republican National Convention for his response to the suggestion that the GOP is commanded by "old, white people."

Representative Steve King came to the defense of his party while appearing on an RNC panel with MSNBC's Chris Hayes, American Urban Radio correspondent April Ryan and Esquire writer Charley Pierce.

Pierce was discussing Donald Trump's history of racially-motivated comments, according to the Washington Post, when he said, "If you're really optimistic, you can say that this is the last time that old white people will command the Republican party's attention." 

King objected to the suggestion, saying, "[t]his '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?"

"Than white people?" Hayes then asked in response.

"Than, than Western civilization itself," King replied. "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."

King's statement was met with immediate reaction and disagreement from among his fellow panelists.

Watch a portion of the panel's discussion on MSNBC.

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