Rep. Mo Brooks (R-AL) was on conservative radio host Laura Ingraham’s show on Monday and declared that the Democratic Party is now waging a war on white people. The discussion centered on the inability of Congress to get an emergency funding border bill passed that would not be vetoed by President Obama prior to Congress taking a five-week recess. Ingraham played a clip from Fox News Sunday where the National Journal’s Ron Fournier told host Chris Wallace that the GOP has become the party of white people and that people of other races, especially Hispanics, feel that the Republican Party hates them.
The first 10+ minutes of the interview was pretty standard fare as Ingraham and Brooks spent most of the time telling each other how awesome they are for having such rabid anti-immigration views and wanting to send refugee children back to dangerous areas. However, after playing the Fournier clip, Ingraham turned to Brooks for a response. The response she got was likely not what she was hoping to hear.
“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. 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 then stated that everyone in America, regardless of race, is hurt not just by an influx of undocumented workers, but by legal immigration. Basically, his position is that even having people come here legally lowers wages. Essentially, his argument is that we need to completely shut down all immigration. Period. End of story. Brooks also said that the Democrats have to “demagogue” on immigration so as to appeal to Hispanics and other races. However, if Republicans are able to treat this “as a thoughtful issue” then Republicans “win big.” Apparently, claiming that there is a “war on whites” is making this a thoughtful issue and not demagoguing.
After Brooks’ little venture into crazy town, even Ingraham tried to distance herself from what he had just said. She told Brooks that she doubted other Republicans would jump on board with his claim that Democrats are waging a race war and that his statement is “a little out there.” Mind you, this is a woman who just a few minutes earlier said that Eric Holder was keeping young migrant children in the country and not deporting them so they could become Democratic voters down the road. Even she was shocked regarding Brooks’ comments.
This is exactly what House Republican leadership feared would happen during the August recess. Not only was the House unable to adequately deal with the humanitarian crisis at the border, the most radical members of their caucus now feel emboldened to say extremely offensive things as they feel they are truly appealing to their base. And while that might be true to a degree, it is doing massive damage to the Republican Party as a whole. Sure, the old, angry white people that make up the vast majority of the GOP might revel in this type of divisive rhetoric. However, the blatant racism and ignorant bigotry shown by Republicans like Brooks constantly inform Hispanics and other minorities that the GOP does not welcome them.