Alabama Congressman Mo Brooks said that the Democratic Party is waging a “war on whites” during an interview with conservative radio host Laura Ingraham Monday.
Brooks, who has been dubbed a member of the “GOP deportation caucus” because of his opposition to the Obama administration’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals policy, was responding to reporter Ron Fournier’s assertion that “the fastest growing voting bloc in this country [Hispanics] thinks the Republican Party hates them” and that the GOP “cannot be the party of the future beyond November, if you’re seen as the party of white people.”
“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 a part of the strategy that Barack Obama implemented in 2008. He did it again in 2012, where he divides us all on race, on sex, greed, envy, class warfare, all those kinds of things.”
— Mo Brooks (@RepMoBrooks) July 22, 2014
Even Ingraham was made somewhat uncomfortable by his rherotic, saying “that characterization’s a little out there.”
“That is in effect what they’re doing, though,” he insisted. “That’s the political game they’re playing.” (RELATED: Congressional Hispanic Caucus Calls Ted Cruz’s Actions ‘Absolutely Unconscionable’)
“I just think that phraseology might not be the best choice,” Ingraham demurred.
Brooks also had some choice words for the Wall Street Journal, who he said need “to get their head screwed on right on this one.” WSJ published an op-ed harshly critical of the GOP on Sunday, warning that “A party whose preoccupation is deporting children is going to alienate many conservatives, never mind minority voters.”
“They need to be Americans,” Brooks shot back. “They need to be patriots. And they need to think about America first, and they need to think about American families first, but that seems to be the furthest thought from their mind.”
He also talked about the difficult week he and some of his fellow Republican congressmen had for opposing Speaker John Boehner’s immigration spending bill, which was so popular that it was withdrawn before it even came to a vote. (RELATED: Little Loved Immigration Bill Withdrawn By GOP)
“Those of us who were voting no under the circumstances–we caught a lot of angst and ire from the other [Republican] members, but that all flipped on Friday once we got a good bill,” he said, referring to the $694 million bill eventually passed by the House, “and all of a sudden the other member of the GOP conference were coming to us en masse and saying ‘you know, you were right, we didn’t realize that what we put out there had so many flaws in it, thank you for doing what you’re doing.'”
“The number one thing about any country is geography,” he said. “You’ve gotta have borders. And if you can’t secure your borders, you don’t have a country.”