Alabama congressman Mo Brooks, who said last week that Democrats are waging a “war on whites,” visited Alan Colmes’ Fox News Radio show on Friday. If anyone was expecting the congressman to temper or walk back his comments, they were likely disappointed.
The segment starts with Colmes allowing Brooks to make his case that Democrats are seeking to use race to tarnish Republicans. Brooks goes on for several minutes, offering quotes that he believes prove his point, from various Democratic politicians and others connected with the party. Colmes finally breaks in after Brooks refers to President Obama’s comment that Republicans should “stop hatin’ all the time.” Brooks suggests that the president’s comment was connected to the immigration debate, when in fact it was made as he was talking about the House GOP’s lawsuit against him.
Colmes tries to focus the conversation on the positive, by asking Brooks what Republicans are doing to be more inclusive of racial minorities. Brooks responds with talking points.
In the immigration debate, I think that what we’re doing is in the best interest of America. And if you look at the polling, every demographic group is supportive of what we’re doing on the border, because every demographic group understands that when wages are suppressed, when Americans are losing their jobs, when income inequality increases as a result of that wage suppression and job loss, caused to a significant degree by this huge influx of illegal alien labor…
Brooks conveniently ignores the fact that the wage suppression and job losses he refers to are largely caused by American employers who are willing to hire workers who are here illegally. But many of those employers are Republican contributors, so that information gets swept under the rug.
Colmes breaks into the congressman’s rant to point out that President Obama has deported more people than did his predecessor. Brooks takes issue with the statement, calling it “factually inaccurate.” He says that the true picture of what is being done to halt illegal immigration comes from looking at how many are deported, plus how many are “caught and returned.” The latter refers to those trying to get into the U.S. who are intercepted at the border and sent back to their home country. Brooks begins throwing out the numbers from the Clinton and George W. Bush administrations when Colmes calls him on why the “catch and return” numbers would be lower now. He says:
But congressman, you have to look at the fact that fewer people are trying to come into this country, and since the economy imploded under Bush, fewer people have actually tried to come in.
Does Brooks know American, or even Alabama history?
Colmes then tries to steer Brooks back to his original question about what Republicans are doing to be more inclusive. Brooks responds:
I can tell you one thing we’re not doing. Is we’re not engaging in the kind of hate speech that the Democrats are… What we’re doing is we’re doing what is in the best interest of all Americans.
After spewing some generic mush about a rising tide lifting all boats, Brooks actually says this:
What we don’t do, is we don’t categorize people by race like the other party does. We think in terms of ‘all of these people are Americans, and if America does well, all these people do well.’
The congressman obviously doesn’t have much background in American history, or for that matter, in the history of his own state, where for years whites did very well while racial minorities were denied equal rights and the opportunity to fully participate in the American dream. He might want to start by looking up a former Alabama governor named George Wallace.
Colmes brings up Rand Paul’s comment that the GOP needs to expand their base. Brooks agrees, but says that “we need to do it in the context of what’s best for all Americans.” Coupled with his other comments, that sounds pretty close to saying let’s keep white people in charge.
The entire interview consists largely of Colmes trying to get Brooks to give him positive solutions to Republicans’ problems with attracting racial minorities to their ranks, and Brooks offering broad attacks on Democrats, as well as talking about what Republicans don’t want to do. But it really gets interesting when Brooks tries to blame Democrats for the 2008 crash of the economy. Colmes observes that the crash was the result of “too low tax rates, and wars we shouldn’t have been fighting in the first place.” There’s a brief pause, then Brooks shifts the conversation.
Listen to the interview, courtesy of Fox News Radio: