Alabama Republican Accuses Democrats Of Waging A War Against White People, Gets Fact-Checked By Ezra Klein (VIDEO)

Alabama GOP Rep. Mo Brooks via Facebook

Alabama GOP Rep. Mo Brooks via Facebook


Not content with just being seen as the party of old white men, an Alabama Republican is making it clear that white people are the only priority for the GOP.

On Monday, Alabama GOP Rep. Mo Brooks openly accused Democrats of waging a war on white people during an interview with right-wing radio host Laura Ingraham. Ingraham asked Brooks to comment on remarks made by Ron Fournier on Fox News when he called the GOP the “Deportation Caucus” that is seen as hateful toward Hispanics. And if Republicans were hoping to create a more diverse image and at least pretend that they welcome people of all racial make-ups, that was completely shattered by Brooks as he confirmed once and for all that Republicans are the party of white people.

“This is a part of the war on white people that’s being launched by the Democratic Party,” Brooks claimed. “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 — if you look at polling data, every demographic in America agrees with the rule of law, and forcefully securing our borders. And every one of 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 job.

In Brooks’ mind, white people are the victims of racism, which has been a GOP claim for years. Because of rhetoric like this, minority groups have abandoned the GOP. But unfortunately for Brooks, there’s this thing called fact-checking and Ezra Klein did a beautiful job of blowing up his claims. As it turns out, white people have higher incomes, lower unemployment, a lower incarceration rate, and a lower poverty rate. Clearly, Democrats are not waging a war on white people. As Klein pointed out, “If this is what it looks like when the Democrats running the federal government declare war on white people, I would hate to see what it looks like if the government declared war on non-white people.”

Here’s the video via NBC.

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Brooks went on to call Democrats the “emotional” party while claiming that Republicans are the only reasonable ones in government.

“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 claimed. “If it becomes a thoughtful issue, then we win and we win big. And they lose and they lose big.”

Democrats may be emotional but that just means they give a damn about the human beings that Republicans want to send back to almost certain death and suffering. The problem with Brooks’ claim is that while Democrats aren’t heartless robots like them, Republicans are definitely not thoughtful. Living in a conservative echo chamber has never made Republicans thoughtful. Or reasonable. Or rationale. Or logical for that matter. They repeat the same talking points over and over and rely on false claims whenever the real facts don’t suit their cause.

According to the Huffington Post, Brooks would later comment on his own remarks by repeating the conservative claim that racism no longer exists in America, or at least not in the Republican Party.

“I’m one of those who does not believe in racism and I believe everyone should be treated equally as American citizens,” Brooks claimed.

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.

If Brooks really believes that everyone should be treated like American citizens, he should explain why thousands of American citizens- mostly African-Americans, Hispanics, and women- are being denied the right to vote in red state after red state. Also, he should explain why the conservative Justices on the Supreme Court struck down a key part of the Voting Rights Act that required states and counties with a sordid history of racism to seek approval of voting laws from the Justice Department. That very provision was challenged in court by a county in Brooks’ own state of Alabama. And after it was struck down, red states began implementing anti-voting laws specifically designed to shrink the Democratic base of voters, which is comprised of nearly 100 percent of African-Americans and 70 percent of the Hispanics. These aren’t non-citizens who are being disenfranchised. These are American citizens, many of which have been voting for decades.

This is just another tactic designed to scare white voters into voting for Republicans. Conservatives know that if they hope to even have a chance at winning elections in the future, they’ll need a tremendous amount of white people to support them. That means they need to somehow convince white voters that there’s a race war afoot, even though it’s obvious to any intelligent person that Republicans like Brooks are simply racist liars trying to divide the nation.