Rep. Mo Brooks (R-Ala.) on Tuesday defended his claim that Democrats are waging a “war on whites,” saying that people could “lawfully discriminate” against the group under current federal law.
“It is repugnant for Democrats time after time after time to resort to cries of racism to divide Americans and drive up voter turn out,” Brooks said in an interview with USA Today. “That is exactly what they are doing in order to drive up their vote and they are doing it when there is no racial discrimination involved.
“If you look at current federal law, there is only one skin color that you can lawfully discriminate against. That’s Caucasians — whites,” he added.
Brooks said he stands by his statement Monday in which he accused Democrats of launching a “war on whites.”
“I want Democrats held accountable … if Americans want a political party that regularly stokes unfounded racial fears, well then vote Democrat,” he told USA Today.
In an interview Monday on conservative radio host Laura Ingraham’s show, Brooks said Democrats are using the current immigration debate to attack white constituents.
“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,” he said during the interview.
“It’s a 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,” he continued. “Well that’s not true.”
Brooks also said in a recent interview, which surfaced Tuesday, that young children who came to the United States illegally shouldn’t be able to enlist in the U.S. military because they would have access to weapons of mass destruction.
UPDATED: In a Tuesday interview with USA TODAY, Brooks expanded on these comments – see below
Alabama Rep. Mo Brooks said Monday that Democrats are pushing a political agenda that amounts to a “war on whites.”
Appearing Monday on conservative commentator Laura Ingraham’s radio program, Brooks — responding to a reporter’s suggestion that the GOP is alienating minority voters and being seen as “the party of white people” — said:
This is a part of the war on whites that’s being launched by the Democratic Party. And the way in which they are launching this war is by claiming that whites hate everybody else. It’s a 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.
Ingraham suggested that the notion of a “war on whites” was “a little out there,” adding that Brooks’ “phraseology might not be the best choice.”
But Brooks, a staunch opponent of Obama’s efforts to provide legal status to immigrants who were brought to the U.S. as children, defended his word choice.
“That is in effect what they are doing though, that is the political game.”
Brooks said he believes illegal immigration has a negative impact on all Americans regardless of race and gender, and that the first mandate for any nation is to defend its borders. He said Democratic Party policies are responsible for the flood of children arriving at the U.S./Mexico border, because “they are telling the kids ‘we will reward you if you come.’”
UPDATE: In a Tuesday interview with USA TODAY, Brooks stood by his comments and said Democrats are fomenting racial hatred. Continues