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Alabama Republican Mo Brooks Explains His 'Hyperbole' of Democratic Party's ' 'War on Whites,' Says Obama 'Divides Us All'

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First Posted: Aug 07, 2014 11:03 AM EDT
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Rep. Mo Brooks (R-AL) on his way to the House Chamber for a procedural vote on the House floor September 28, 2013 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. (Photo : Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Alabama Rep. Mo Brooks, R-Huntsville, continued to explain his idea of democrats waging a "war on whites" after a radio interview on Aug. 4.

On Sunday, Chris Wallace, a "Fox News Sunday" host, argued that recent actions taken by the Republican Party are polarizing the Latino community, making them think the party "hates them" and is "the party of white people," Huffington Post reported.

Brooks responded to Wallace's comments during an interview with Laura Ingraham, a conservation radio host.

"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," the Republican said on Monday. "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."

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Brooks continued by saying that all races in the United States are "hurt by falling wages and lost jobs."

Later on Monday, Brooks continued to discuss the "war" in an interview with AL.com.

"In effect, what the Democrats are doing with their dividing America by race is they are waging a war on whites, and I find that repugnant," he said. "We should not be dividing anybody based on national heritage or race. Rather, we should be bringing us all together."

On Tuesday, Brooks furthered explained his comments in an interview with The Associated Press.

"Race should not be an issue in public policy debates. We should be colorblind. We should be the melting pot," he said. "But so long as the Democrats have a political campaign strategy to divide Americans based on skin pigmentation, then they are the ones who are fanning the fires and doing a disservice to our country, not those who try to hold the Democrats accountable for what is a very counterproductive and sinister campaign tactic."

The congressman also told Huntsville News that his comments were meant to incite discussion about how race is used in politics.

"Sometimes you have to use hyperbole in order to force a discussion on much more serious and fact-oriented perspectives associated with that hyperbole," he said.

Still, Emily Bittner, Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee spokeswoman, thinks the congressman is misguided.

"Wow. Congressman Brooks is living in his own world of paranoia, but sadly, this is precisely the kind of divisive rhetoric that has come to define House Republicans," she told AP.
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