Rep. Mo Brooks (R-AL) said during a radio interview on Wednesday that his party’s efforts to court Hispanic voters amount to “race-baiting.”
The Huffington Post reported that the comments came in response to a passage from the Republican National Committee’s Growth and Opportunity Book 2013, that was read aloud by the National Journal’s Ron Fournier, who was also a guest on the show.
“If Hispanic Americans hear that the GOP doesn’t want them in the United States, they won’t pay attention to our next sentence. It doesn’t matter what we say about education, jobs or the economy; if Hispanics think that we do not want them here, they will close their ears to our policies,” Fournier quoted from the report, while appearing on “The Dale Jackson Show” on WAPI.
Brooks responded by saying “Americans shouldn’t be divided by race” and that targeting Hispanic voters would be “race-baiting.”
“That argument, is playing hand in glove with the Democratic race-baiting strategy, and it has to come to a stop,” he said. “I’m one of those who thinks that it doesn’t make any difference if you’re Hispanic, or you’re white, or you’re Asian, or you’re black, people throughout America want to do what’s in the best interest of America.”
It wasn’t the first time this week that Brooks made news with comments about race. On Monday, Brooks accused Democrats of engaging in a “war on whites.”
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