Rep. Mo Brooks, R-Ala., is not backing away from his earlier claim that the Democratic Party is waging a “war on whites,” accusing his opponents on Tuesday of intentionally stoking racial tensions in the U.S.
Brooks told NewsmaxTV's Steve Malzberg on Tuesday that the Democratic Party is keeping America divided along racial lines and — in doing so — has normalized the persecution of whites.
“What is the one race that can be discriminated against?… All whites,” Brooks said, adding that white people are treated differently than other races under federal law and that there is real evidence of “reverse discrimination.”
Brooks' path to the “war on whites” began when he said in a radio interview Monday that Democrats have made it part of their election strategy to discriminate against white people in America.
“This is a part of the war on whites that’s being launched by the Democratic Party,” Brooks said. “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. Well, that’s not true.”
Brooks' remarks were made in response to National Journal's Ron Fournier, who said that "the fastest-growing voting bloc in this country thinks the Republican Party hates them. This party, your party, cannot be the party of the future beyond November if you’re seen as the party of white people.”
Brooks also said that almost every racial demographic in America supports the GOP's efforts to secure the border.
“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,” he said.
“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," he added. "If it becomes a thoughtful issue, then we win, and we win big. And they lose, and they lose big.”
Following his interesting radio remarks, Brooks released the following statement:
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.
Still, even with his supposedly clarifying statement, Brooks' NewsmaxTV appearance reveals he's still pretty invested in this “war on whites” deal.