By Chris Hoenig
The Democratic Party is waging a “war on whites,” according to one U.S. congressman.
Representative Mo Brooks, a Republican representing Alabama’s 5th congressional district, told conservative radio host Laura Ingraham that he doesn’t believe that Republicans are hurting their standing with Latinosthe fastest-growing demographic in the United Statesas much as Democrats are hurting themselves with white voters by constantly questioning the role of race in politics.
“This is a part of the war on whites that’s being launched by the Democratic Party. And the way in which they’re launching this war is by claiming that whites hate everybody else,”Brooks told Ingraham on her radio show Monday. “It’s part of the strategy that Barack Obama implemented in 2008, continued in 2012, where he divides us all on race, on sex, greed, envy, class warfare, all those kinds of things. Well, that’s not true.”
Brooks, who made the comments while discussing Congress’s inaction on immigration reform, repeated his “war on whites” assertion in a follow-up with a local news website.
“In effect, what the Democrats are doing with their dividing America by race is they are waging a war on whites and I find that repugnant,” he told AL.com. “We should not be dividing anybody based on national heritage or race. Rather, we should be bringing us all together. That’s what the melting-pot ideal of America is all about. A person’s skin pigmentation is something acquired at birth that has absolutely nothing to do with the merits of the person of how one should vote.”
Brooks’ comments come just three days after he joined with fellow House Republicans in voting to end President Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy, which went into effect in 2012.
“As best I can in the time limitations I have, I try to make sure people understand what the Democrats are doing by raising race as an issue every chance they get,” he said. “It’s much like the congressmen during the [immigration] debate on Friday: Democrat after Democrat was talking racism and race. And the motivation for their doing so was to try to cause bloc voters of race to vote solely on skin color.
“I’m one of those who does not believe in racism and I believe everyone should be treated equally as American citizens. It’s high time folks started calling out the Democrats for their racial appeals. Certainly if you were to flip the coin and a white person were to say vote for me because I’m white, it would be an uproar and deservedly so. So why do we allow Blacks to say vote for me because I’m black or Hispanics vote for me because I’m Hispanic Race is immaterial and everybody ought to be treated the same.”
“The Democrats do it on a regular basis and you can see it in the campaign appeals that they make based on skin color,” Brooks said of trying to use race as a motivating factor in winning votes. “I don’t know of a single Republican who has made an appeal for votes based on skin color. I don’t know of one. The Democrats routinely make appeals based on race and they get away with it. It’s repugnant to ever make an appeal based on race.
“That’s exactly what they’re doing by making the racial appeals they are making on a regular basis. I would say the same thing about a Republican if he did the opposite and no candidate of any race should ever say vote for me because of the race of that candidate.”
While discussing his vote to deport a half million undocumented migrants who were raised in the United States after coming to the country as children, Brooks told MSNBC’s Chris Hayes that there are 8 million more immigrant workers who need to be deported.
“To the Democrats, the border-security problem is really a question of where they come up with the money for the welcome mats and the Happy Meals,” he said. “They should not be fed and clothed for years, which apparently is the direction that the President wants to take us. Rather, those children should be taken care of here and very expeditiously reunited with their families back home.”
“There are 8 million jobs in America now held by illegal aliens, that’s 8 million job opportunities taken from American citizens.”