Rep. Brooks charges war on whites by Democrats

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Rep. Mo Brooks, R-Ala., speaks with reporters following a closed-door meeting on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2013. Senate leaders announced a last-minute agreement Wednesday to avert a threatened Treasury default and reopen the government after a partial, 16-day shutdown. Congress raced to pass the measure by day's end. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
Speaker of the House Mike Hubbard, R-Auburn, left, talks with U.S. Rep. Mo Brooks, R-Ala., during the House session at the Alabama Statehouse in Montgomery, Ala., Thursday, May 2, 2013. The Alabama House approved a bill that allows gun owners to carry a pistol in their vehicle. The House voted 74-27 to pass the legislation. The Alabama Senate earlier passed the bill, which must go back to the Senate to approve changes made to the legislation in the House. (AP Photo/Dave Martin)
Rep. Mo Brooks, R-Ala., left, and Rep. Spencer Bachus, R-Ala., right, emerge from the Capitol office of House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, as the scheduled vote on his debt plan bill is delayed in Washington, Thursday night, July 28, 2011. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio participates in a ceremonial swearing in with Rep. Mo Brooks, R-Ala., on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2011. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
House Armed Services Chairman Buck McKeon, R-Calif., and committee members speak to reporters about the effect of the automatic budget cuts on the military, at a news conference at the Capitol in Washington, Friday, March 1, 2013. From right to left are Rep. Joe Wilson, R-S.C., Rep. Mo Brooks, R-Ala., Rep. Robert Wittman, R-Va., Rep. Mike Turner, R-Ohio, Rep. Howard P. Buck McKeon, R-Calif., Rep. Martha Roby, R-Ala., and Rep. Mac Thornberry, R-Texas. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
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By ERICA WERNER

WASHINGTON (AP) - A Republican congressman from Alabama says Democrats are engaged in a "war on whites."

Congressman Mo Brooks made his comment on conservative talk radio host Laura Ingraham's program on Monday. He said the Democratic Party claims white people hate everyone else and that it's part of President Barack Obama's strategy of dividing people on the basis of race, sex and class.

The remarks came in a discussion of immigration legislation passed last week by the House that could result in increased deportations.

Brooks was responding to analysis saying that the Republican Party risks losing any appeal to Latino voters and will not be able to be successful in a national race if it appeals only to white voters.

GOP Congressman Accuses Democrats Of Waging A 'War On Whites'

"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," said Brooks. "It's a part of the strategy that Barack Obama implemented in 2008, continued it in 2012, where he divides us all on race, on sex, creed, envy, class warfare - all those kinds of things."

Brooks defended his comments in a phone interview Tuesday with The Associated Press and disputed the suggestion they were incendiary. He said that Democrats were the ones being incendiary, pointing to comments including an assertion by House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi this year that the GOP's failure to act on comprehensive immigration legislation had something to do with race.

"Race should not be an issue in public policy debates, we should be colorblind, we should be the melting pot," Brooks told The AP. "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."

Congress is beginning a five-week summer recess.

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