Rep. Brooks stands by 'War on whites' comments - WAFF-TV: News, Weather and Sports for Huntsville, AL

Rep. Brooks stands by 'War on whites' comments

HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) - A day after his controversial comments went viral, Alabama Congressman Mo Brooks is not backing down.

Brooks appeared on the Laura Ingraham radio show Monday, in which during a discussion on immigration reform, Brooks said the following:

"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 comments drew a huge and diverse reaction online - from cheers of support, to mockery and outright disgust. But Brooks is standing by his remarks - and also firing back at his critics, to whom he has a pretty stern message.

Congressman Brooks attended a Madison County Women's luncheon Tuesday morning in Huntsville. The congressman said his comments are in response to Democratic leadership, including former House speaker Nancy Pelosi, and others questioning Republican ideology and making claims it's racist.

Brooks said that's wrong, and he has this to say about those critical of his comments from Monday.

"What you have here is a lot of people that are acting adversely: one, because they haven't read the logic behind, the thought behind the comments that I've made; and two, because they are the ones that are engaging in this racial strategy to divide America instead of bringing us back together," said Brooks.

His comments have ignited a bit of a firestorm on the internet and sparked the hashtag #WarOnWhites on Twitter. Thousands of Twitter users have either shown support or are speaking out against Brooks.

This is one of, if not the most viral the Congressman has gone since first getting elected to the House of Representatives several years ago.

He was asked at Tuesday's luncheon if his comments will have a negative impact on Madison County and even recruiting future employers to the area.

"Absolutely not," he replied. "I think it is a boon for our community to have someone that is willing to take a tough stance with something that the vast majority of people in America know. They know it's wrong and they haven't seen anyone show the leadership, willingness to stand forth and call the Democrats out for dividing our American population based on skin color, which is an immaterial criteria on whether a public policy is good, bad or indifferent."

Independent candidate Mark Bray is running against Brooks in the upcoming election. He said he first read about the incumbent's remark online, and he wants to hear an apology from the congressman. He said the word choice does not honor the people Brooks was elected to serve.

Bray also said Brooks' comments and the subsequent furor about them, is detracting from the core issue.

"The whole question and discussion was about immigration," Bray said. "And we're not talking about immigration. We're talking about a representative's remarks, which means we are not talking about how to move forward with the immigration problem and solving it."

In a  release issued Tuesday evening, Bray expanded on his thoughts, saying he ways "dismayed" by Brooks' statement. He also said, "This situation is complex and requires flexibility, compassion and innovation to do what is in our nation's best interest. We must move away from this rhetoric and speak to the facts and proposed solutions."

Bray said he looks forward to debating Brooks on the issue in the near future.

Congressman Brooks said his office has been flooded from phone calls from media outlets since making the remarks. He said the number is so many he's lost track. Despite all the feedback, Brooks remains firm about not offering an apology.

Copyright 2014 WAFF. All rights reserved.

  • Online Poll

  • Do you agree with Mo Brooks that Democrats are waging a "war on whites?"

  • Thank you for participating in our poll. Here are the results so far:

    441 votes
    296 votes
    No opinion
    22 votes
Powered by Frankly