Republican Congressman Mo Brooks sparked controversy this week by suggesting that the Obama Administration and the Democratic Party are waging a “war on whites” as part of a strategy to divide voters on key issues.
“This is a part of the war on whites that’s being launched by the Democratic Party,” Alabama Rep. Brooks told Laura Ingraham on her radio show during a conversation about immigration legislation.
“And the way in which they’re launching this war is by claiming that whites hate everybody else. 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.” Brooks added.
The Congressman was specifically referring to claims in the media that Hispanic voters are disgruntled that House Republicans have not pushed for a vote on immigration reform, instead pressing for greater border security and deportation of illegal immigrants.
“If you look at the polling data, every demographic group agrees with the rule of law, enforcing and securing our borders,” Brooks noted, adding that “every one them understands that illegal immigration hurts every single demographic group.”
“It doesn’t make any difference if you’re a white American, a black American, a Hispanic American, an Asian American or if you’re a woman or a man. Every single demographic group is hurt by falling wages and lost jobs,” Brooks said, arguing that most Americans are against an “amnesty” for those residing in the country without documentation.
Brooks was also responding to comments made by National Journal’s Ron Fournier, who charged Sunday that Hispanic voters believe that the Republican party “hates” them. The GOP “cannot be the party of the future beyond November if you’re seen as the party of white people.” Fournier stated.
“Democrats, they have to demagogue on this and try and turn it into a racial issue, which is an emotional issue, rather than a thoughtful issue,” Brooks responded. “If it becomes a thoughtful issue, then we win and we win big. And they lose and they lose big.”
“As they get more desperate they’re going to argue race and things like that to a more heightened emotional state.” Brooks urged.
Ingraham told Brooks that she thought the phrase “war on whites” was “a little out there” and that the “phraseology might not be the best choice.” The Congressman replied “That’s what they are doing, though.”
In a second interview, Brooks elaborated on the comments, stating “What the Democrats are doing with their dividing America by race is they are waging a war on whites and I find that repugnant.”
“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.” the Congressman stated.
Brooks added that by soliciting votes of people “based on skin color, [Democrats] in turn are attacking whites based on skin color.”
“That’s wrong. Nobody should be attacked based on skin color.” Brooks added, noting “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.” Brooks continued, adding “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.”
Following the publication of the Congressman’s words, several left-leaning media outlets pounced on Brooks’ comments about whites, penning articles without covering the full context of what he said in both interviews.
Steve Watson is a London based writer and editor for Alex Jones’ Infowars.com, and Prisonplanet.com. He has a Masters Degree in International Relations from the School of Politics at The University of Nottingham, and a Bachelor Of Arts Degree in Literature and Creative Writing from Nottingham Trent University.